Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Kazakh president blames government for protests - TASS

The government of Kazakhstan is to be particularly blamed for protests in the country, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said during a meeting on social and economic issues on Wednesday.

"Speaking about the current difficult socal, political and socio-economic situation in the country, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted that the government, as well as companies KazMunayGas and KazakhGas, bear special blame for allowing the protest situation, caused by an increase in liquefied gas prices, to happen," the presidential press service said.

Tokayev also noted that the situation in the country’s largest city of Almaty and the Mangistau Region was gradually stabilizing after the state of emergency had been imposed in those areas.

"He emphasized that all authorizations for stabilizing the situation had been made. The Interior Ministry, the Special Rapid Response Unit and the National Guard bear the main load and are coping with their tasks successfully," the press service said.

Besides, the president criticized the implementation of his instructions, aimed at speeding up the construction of a new gas processing plant on the basis of KazGPZ, which produces liquefied gas in the Mangistau Region.

On January 2, crowds took to the streets in the cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau in the Mangistau region, protesting against high fuel prices. According to them, the price per liter of liquefied gas increased to 120 tenge ($0.27) since January 1, so the demonstrators demanded to halve it, to 50-60 tenge ($0.11 - $0.13). The president commissioned the government to assess urgently the situation in the region, taking into account economic feasibility and legal issues. The government commission arrived in Aktau and commenced work. On Tuesday, after the talks with protesters the commission announced the price of liquefied gas would be brought down to 50 tenge in the Mangistau region.

The president imposed a two-week state of emergency and a curfew in the country’s largest city of Almaty and the southwestern Mangistau Province early on Wednesday. The head of the state also accepted the government’s resignation. Its members will continue to perform their tasks until a new cabinet is formed. 


1.& 2.El presidente de Kazajistán declara el estado de emergencia para contener las protestas contra la subida del gas

 3. Эта ночь для жителей Алматы и западных городов страны оказалась по-настоящему неспокойной. Сотни протестующих собрались на площадях и главных улицах городов. Громили полицейские машины. Требовали снижения цен на газ, отставки правительства и встречи с президентом. Ночью к протестующим обратился глава государства.



  1. More than 200 people have been detained and nearly 100 police officers sustained injuries during unauthorised protests in several regions of Kazakhstan against a spike in fuel prices in the country, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.
    The riots and detentions in question took place in the city of Almaty overnight Wednesday, turning into clashes between demonstrators and the police, who used gas and stun grenades against protesters.

  2. Kazakh President Orders State Regulation of LNG Prices for 6 Months

  3. Kazakh President Declares State of Emergency in Almaty Region

    1. Almaty Mayor Says Situation in Kazakh City Is Under Control

      "Behind the attempts at destabilisation and extremist actions are provocateurs from inside and outside. Law enforcement is taking the necessary measures to stabilise the situation, preserve security, peace, and calm in Almaty", Mayor Bakytzhan Sagintayev said in an address posted on the Telegram channel of the mayor's office.
      "Now the situation in the city has been taken under the control of the authorities", according to the statement.


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