Protests in Kazakhstan in 2022.

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January 22, 2022

The protests in Kazakhstan (Kazakh: ˌазаˌстандаġы наразылыкˌ шаралары; Qazaqstandağy narazylyq şaralary) are internal state riots in the Republic of Kazakhstan that have been going on since January 2, 2022. The reason why they started to persist is the increase in the price of liquefied petroleum gas, which according to the President of Kazakhstan Kasim Jomart Tokayev began to change on January 1, 2022, when the price of LPG began to form on the market through electronic trading platforms and stock exchanges. The Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and major energy companies such as Kazmunajgaz and Kazahgaz have been declared one of the main culprits for such a situation.

Timeline

January 2

On the morning of January 2, 2022, residents of Zhangozen blocked the road in protest against rising prices. Residents who gathered there called on the mayors of the Nurlan Nogaev area and the mayors of the city of Maksat Ibagarov to take some measures in order to stabilize the price of fuel.

January 3

Hundreds of Zhangozen residents gathered in the central square during the night. About 1,000 people are taking part in the protests, and their demands, in addition to socio-political ones, have also become political. Akim districts and the director of the gas refinery appeared in front of the protesters, but left the square after the failure.

January 4

During the day, the Kazakh authorities announced a reduction in prices in the Mangistau region to 50 tenge (about € 0.10) per liter. However, the demonstrations did not stop there. Also on January 4, Kazakh President Kasim Jogart Tokayev addressed the participants in the demonstration with a video to "show reason" and not do anything illegal. Meanwhile, demonstrations are expanding in other cities in Kazakhstan. In Alma-Ata, protesters blocked parts of the city. Police have already appeared on Astan Square and blocked all accesses towards Square, but however protesters managed to move around the streets of Tola, Abaj and the other in the city center. There were also minor clashes between the demonstrators and the police and the Kazakh OMON. Police used on a shock-bomb and tear gas in the center of Alma ate, protesters led by the leader of the opposition Democratic Party, the Greenhole of Mamaj, gathered around the sports hall "Almaty Arena". On the night of Jan. 4-5

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