At least 164 dead and more than 5,000 detainees in Kazakhstan from the beginning of the protests

At least 164 people have died on the disturbances that are taking place this week in Kazakhstan, of which 103 have taken place in the Almaty economic capital, s

At least 164 dead and more than 5,000 detainees in Kazakhstan from the beginning of the protests

At least 164 people have died on the disturbances that are taking place this week in Kazakhstan, of which 103 have taken place in the Almaty economic capital, several media reported today, citing the Ministry of Health.

This balance, which could not be verified independently, is in a strong rise. The authorities had informed so far from 26 protesters and 16 members of the dead security forces, as well as more than 2,000 injured.

In addition, 5,135 people have been arrested in the framework of 125 different investigations, has declared the Ministry of the Interior, cited by the media.

Kazakhstan, a country of 19 million inhabitants rich in hydrocarbons, has been the scene of a series of unprecedented riots since its independence in 1989, which have caused dozens of deaths.

The mobilization began last Sunday in the provinces by the increase in the price of gas, and extended to large cities, especially Almaty, the economic capital, where the riots broke out. The police shot with real bullets against protesters.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, the material damage is encrypted in about 200 million dollars.

More than 100 shops and banks have been looted and more than 400 vehicles destroyed, according to the same source.

"Currently, the situation is stabilized in all regions of the country," the Interior Minister Erlan Turgumbameev said, however, that "continuous anti-terrorist operation to restore order the country".

In Almaty, there seems to have returned a relative calm. The police made some shots in the air to prevent people from approaching the central square of the city, as a AFP journalist found on Saturday.

Updated Date: 09 January 2022, 07:39

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