Protests in Kazakhstan (2022)


January 19, 2022

Protests in Kazakhstan - protests caused by a sudden increase in LPG prices in Kazakhstan, started on January 2, 2022. According to the Kazakh prosecutor general's office, 225 people died during the protests.


The demonstrations began on January 2 in the city of Zhangaözen, but quickly spread to other cities of the country, including the largest city of Almaty and the country's capital, Nur-Sultan. There were clashes with the police and attacks on public administration buildings, in some cases officers allegedly refused to use violence and turned over to the protesters. The protesters' demands include both economic (lowering gas prices) and political demands (Nursultan Nazarbayev's departure from politics). In response to the protests, the President of Kazakhstan, Kasym-Żomart, Tokayev, introduced a state of emergency in the Mangystau and Almaty regions, which entered into force on 5 January. On the same day, Askar Mamin's government resigned. On the night of January 4-5, the President of Kazakhstan introduced a curfew from 23.00 to 7.00 in the area of ​​Mangystau and Almaty, which is valid until January 19. On January 5, Kasym-Żomart Tokayev took over the function of the chairman of the Kazakhstan Security Council from Nursultan Nazarbayev. On January 5, the state of emergency was extended to the entire territory of Kazakhstan. After the appeal of President Kasym-Żomart Tokayev on January 6, the first armies of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization entered the country. On January 11, the President of Kazakhstan stated in a speech that order had been restored in the country.


Due to the state of emergency, the games of the Kazakh ice hockey league were suspended. On January 5, 2022, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, resigned. On January 10 of the same year, it was declared a day of national mourning.


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