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Violent protests in Kazakhstan: Russian Foreign Ministry says Moscow recommends reconciliation

Protests in Almaty, Kazakhstan on January 5, 2022. Image: AFP.

The country’s old capital, Almaty, was in the throes of an uprising, with angry mob storming the administration building and the former president’s residence today, setting fire to the regional government headquarters and public buildings. Attorney’s Office and the Kazakhstan State Channel.

Protesters also seized control of Almaty International Airport, where they broke into the terminal and the duty free shop. Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot has canceled a scheduled flight from Moscow to the city tonight.

The first published images of the effects of the raid on the Kazakh Almaty airport show millions of losses on public and mainly private property.

There is chaos in the city itself, shops have been looted, cars have been set on fire, not just the police. There are also many who wear armed masks. A very difficult situation develops in Atyrau, where the mob seizes a police unit and seizes the weapons stored there.

In Atyrau, one of the protesters died of a gunshot wound to the head, and the news is being actively circulated by opposition sources.

Almaty police said protesters burned 120 cars, including 33 police cars, and destroyed 120 shops, 180 restaurants and cafes and about 100 offices.

Amid the protests, locals set up checkpoints on the outskirts of the city, where they parked military vehicles and forced troops to remove their uniforms, while people chanted in central square. A curfew has been imposed in all Kazakhstan from 23:00 to 7:00 in the morning.

Operator Kazakhtelecom has disconnected the Internet across the country, although access to various areas, including Aktau and Almaty, has been reported to be gradually restored.

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The media suggests that police officers from Palador’s Central Square are not more powerful but firmly discharged.

The unrest in Pavlodar was suppressed by the security forces and the situation gradually improved.

The characteristic of these “color revolutions” is that the initial demands disappear completely and then lead to meaningless riots targeting government and police buildings. It also happened in Ukraine, Belarus, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba.