The authorities declared a state of emergency in Kazakhstan
The state of emergency now operates throughout Kazakhstan. Prior to that, it was introduced in four regions, including the capital Nur-Sultan. The authorities took such a step against the background of protests that have not subsided for the fourth day
A state of emergency was introduced throughout Kazakhstan, Sputnik Kazakhstan reported; and Informburo.
The state of emergency provides for restrictions on movement, a ban on mass gatherings and strikes, and also allows law enforcement officers to conduct personal searches of citizens and inspect cars.
In addition to this, during the state of emergency, the sale of weapons is prohibited, and a special regime is established for the sale of drugs and narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and alcohol.
Against the background of mass protests, the authorities previously introduced a state of emergency in four regions of the country & mdash; first in Alma-Ata and Mangystau region, and then in Alma-Ata region and the capital Nur-Sultan.
The protests in Kazakhstan continue for the fourth day. The reason was the sharp rise in prices for liquefied gas. It was brought about by the fact that on January 1, Kazakhstan switched to the sale of fuel through the exchange, abandoning manual cost regulation. As a result, they began to sell liquefied gas at 120 tenge instead of 60.
Later, the authorities promised to reduce prices and decided to postpone the transition to trading on electronic platforms. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev dismissed the government. However, the rallies continued: the protesters began to put forward not economic, but political demands, including demanding that the former president of the republic, Nursultan Nazarbayev, leave politics.
The current president of the country, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, in turn, said that behind the protests are 'financially motivated conspirators' who have a 'well thought out plan'. In connection with the ongoing unrest, he announced that he would act “ as tough as possible. ''
On January 5, Tokayev became the head of the Security Council of Kazakhstan, removing Nazarbayev from his post. He also promised that he would soon come up with “ new proposals for political transformation '' Republic.
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