Kazakhstan, violent street protests over gas price increases: eight dead and 317 injured. State of national emergency declared. Also national blackout of internet

Political chaos in Kazakhstan turned into civil warfare after thousands of people poured into the streets of various centers, in a protest unprecedented in the history of the country, to demonstrate against the rise in the price of gas. After the intervention of the police in an attempt to quell the riots, a state of emergency was declared in Almaty and in the capital Nur-Sultan. It was later extended to the whole country. today President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has decided to dissolve the government led by Prime Minister Askar Mamin. And in a speech to the nation he made it known that “there are dead and wounded”. Russia invites the parties to “dialogue”: “We support a peaceful solution to all problems within the legal and constitutional framework and through dialogue, not through street riots and violation of the law”, announced in a statement. Foreign Ministry. The president also said he called on Russia and his allies to help his country quell protests overcoming what he called a “terrorist threat”.

Meanwhile, the demonstrators have aimed at the country’s main airport, the international airport of Almaty. This was announced by the local news channel Horde via Telegram. According to the press office of the airport, the authorities no longer have control of the airport after “45 invaders” took control of the facility. At the time of the kidnapping, there were no passengers in the terminal, he points out. All flights to Kazakhstan have therefore been canceled.

According to the NetBlocks web monitoring group on Twitter, the government has chosen to resort to the internet blackout to obscure everything that is happening in the country: “Kazakhstan is currently experiencing a nationwide internet blackout after a day of disruptions. of mobile internet “and other” partial restrictions “, the NGO said announcing that this” could severely limit the coverage of the anti-government protests that are escalating “. A move that could precede heavy repression by military forces, given that President Tokayev has promised a “tough” response to the ongoing unrest in the country: “As president, I am obliged to protect the security and peace of our citizens, to worry about the integrity of Kazakhstan, ”he told Kazakh television and adding that he intends to“ act as hard as possible ”.

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