Protests in Kazakhstan
On 2 January, Kazakhstan was hit by protests in the wake of a spike in fuel prices. The riots turned violent on 4 January, leading to clashes between protesters and the police, looting, killings, and deepening insecurity. The president has declared a nationwide state of emergency.
Almaty Mayor Survived Assassination Attempt on 5 January
18:25 GMT 09.01.2022 (Updated: 18:28 GMT 09.01.2022)
© ALEXANDR BOGDANOVA serviceman patrols a street in central Almaty on January 8, 2022, after violence that erupted following protests over hikes in fuel prices.
© ALEXANDR BOGDANOV
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The mayor of the Kazakh city of Almaty Bakytzhan Sagintayev came under fire during the riots on 5 January, Deputy Mayor of Almaty Yerzhan Babakumarov said on Sunday.
"Bakytzhan Sagintayev came under fire from terrorists in Almaty, rioters tried to kill him," Babakumarov said in a statement, published on Telegram.
Earlier on Sunday, Kazakh news portal orda.kz reported on the mayor assassination attempt, which killed the driver and left several people injured.
A wave of protests swept across Kazakhstan earlier this week, following a sharp rise in gas prices. Despite the government's attempts to quell the discontent and promises to bring the prices down, protests turned violent and descended into clashes with law enforcement officers in several regions.
The government declared a state of emergency until 19 January. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev asked for the Collective Security Treaty Organization's (CSTO) assistance, which was granted. CSTO peacekeepers were sent to Kazakhstan.
The Kazakh president said Friday that there were still militants who continued resistance and pledged to fight those who do not lay down their arms. At the same time, Tokayev has said that the government had reached a compromise with peaceful protesters on urgent social and economic issues.