Demonstrations in Kazakhstan in 2022


January 19, 2022

Protests against the Kazakh government first erupted on 2 January 2022 in the Mañğıstaw area, from where they later spread to the ground. The protests stemmed from the Kazakh government's decision to deregulate the price of liquefied petroleum gas, which doubled the price of liquefied petroleum gas. Many Kazakhs have switched to LPG because of lower fuel costs.5. January 2022 Kazakh President Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev resigned from the government and ordered governors to reintroduce liquefied petroleum gas price regulation and extend it to other consumer products. On the same day, Tokajev also ousted former president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who served as head of the country's security committee. The demonstrations have still not subsided. On the contrary, they have turned into riots, at least in Almaty, Shymkent and Taraz. In Almaty, protesters captured the city’s airport and broke into the governor’s office and burned at least part of it. The administrative buildings in Shymkent and Taraz have been attacked despite blocking by security forces. According to the Russian news agency Tassi, Tokajev's apartment has been broken into. At least 500 civilians and several members of the security forces have been injured in the protests. Tokayev has announced that he will stop protests in a strong manner. He said he had ordered his troops to shoot and kill protesters without warning or negotiation. President Tokayev asked for help from the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which sent about 3,000 predominantly Russian soldiers to Kazakhstan on January 6 as “peacekeepers”.


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