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Kazakhstan: President refuses to negotiate and orders “shoot to kill”

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I ordered the police and the army to shoot to kill without warning.

A quote from Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. president of kazakhstan

Mr Tokayev made the statement during a televised address, calling absurd calls, especially abroad, to negotiate with protesters.

What kind of negotiations can we have with criminals, with murderers? We had to deal with armed and trained bandits […] They must be destroyed and it will be done shortly, he said.

A burnt down building.

Kazakhstan, the largest country in Central Asia, is shaken by a dispute that erupted Sunday in the provinces after a rise in gas prices before spreading to other cities and especially Almaty, the economic capital, where the protests turned into chaotic and deadly riots.

Moscow called to the rescue against an attack coordinate

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A contingent of Russian troops and other countries allied with Moscow arrived Thursday in Kazakhstan to support the power in place by protecting strategic buildings and supporting the police.

Russian military vehicles.

Russian military vehicles to be deployed in Kazakhstan as part of a peacekeeping mission there.

Photo: Associated Press

Tokayev warmly thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, who responded very quickly at his request for help.

Earlier on Friday, Tokayev had assured that constitutional order has been largely restored in all regions of Kazakhstan after days of violence, marked by exchanges of fire with firearms, which left dozens dead and more than a thousand injured.

The anti-terrorist operation continues, the militants have not laid down their arms. Those who do not surrender will be eliminated, he said during his speech.

Local bodies have control of the situation, but terrorists still use weapons and damage citizens’ property, according to the Kazakh president.

The Interior Ministry for its part announced that 26 armed criminals had been killed and 18 injured in the riots. He confirmed that all administrative buildings had been released and placed under increased protection, with 70 checkpoints established across the country.

The police reported having 18 killed and 748 wounded in their ranks. More than 3,000 people have been arrested across the country.

The violence continued on Thursday, a journalist from theFrance Media Agency hearing several gunshots in central Almaty, which bore the scars of the previous day’s clashes, with building facades blackened by flames, charred vehicle carcasses and puddles of blood and bullet casings on the ground.

The rioters in particular ransacked the premises of several television channels, torched the town hall of Almaty and the presidential residence. The facade of the latter was blackened by flames and the entrance gate of the complex sunk, found theFrance Media Agency.

The suddenness and intensity of these riots sparked a shock in Kazakhstan, a country of 19 million people rich in natural resources, renowned for its stable and authoritarian government.

The authorities had initially tried to calm the demonstrations, without success, by conceding a drop in the price of gas, by sacking the government and by establishing a state of emergency and a night curfew throughout the country.

Beyond the rise in prices, the anger of the demonstrators is directed in particular towards the authoritarian former president Nursultan Nazarbaïev.

The 81-year-old ruled the country from 1989 to 2019 and retains great influence. He is considered the mentor of the current president.

The West calls for calm

L’United Nations Organization on Thursday called on all parties in Kazakhstan to refrain from all violence and Washington demanded a peaceful solution.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and French President Emmanuel Macron also called on Friday for the end of violence and at the detention.

The United States for its part on Thursday warned Russian troops against any human rights violations or attempts to take over of the country’s institutions.

Kazakh Foreign Minister Moukhtar Tleouberdi announced on Friday that he had discussed the situation and the mission of Russian troops in the country with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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