2022 Kazakhstan protests
January 20, 2022
The 2022 Kazakhstan protests erupted on January 2 after a sudden sharp increase in gas prices that the Kazakh government says was due to high demand and price fixing. The protests began in the oil city of Janaozen, but quickly spread to other cities, including the largest city, Alma Ata. Growing discontent with the government and former President Nursultan Nazarbayev also influenced larger demonstrations. As there are no popular opposition groups against the Kazakh government, the riots appeared to be organized directly by the citizens. In response, President Kasim-Yomart Tokaev introduced a state of emergency in the Mangystau district and Alma Ata, effective from January 5 to 19. On the same day, the Mamin Cabinet resigned. The state of emergency was soon extended to the entire country. In response to the unrest, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) – a military alliance of post-Soviet states that includes Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan itself – agreed to deploy peacekeeping troops to Kazakhstan. . On the other hand, former president Nazarbáyev was dismissed as president of the Security Council of Kazakhstan. It has been described by some experts as a color revolution. President Tokayev said that maximum vehicle fuel prices of 50 tenge per liter had been restored for 6 months. On January 7, he said in a statement: "The constitutional order it has been largely restored in all regions of the country." He also announced that he had ordered troops to use force if necessary against protesters, whom he called bandits. and terrorists, and that the use of force would continue to "destroy the protests".