Kazakh President Pays Tribute to Memory of People Killed in January Protests

© Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Go to the photo bankPresident of Kazakhstan Kassym Tokayev
President of Kazakhstan Kassym Tokayev  - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.02.2022
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NUR-SULTAN (Sputnik) - Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took part Sunday in a commemorative ceremony to honour the memory of those killed in the unrest that rocked Kazakhstan in early January, the presidential office said.
"The integrity of the state, the security of citizens, and the future of the country were under threat. We managed to repel the terrorist attack. Unfortunately, this turmoil claimed lives of many citizens. This is a real tragedy. On my instructions, the relevant authorities thoroughly investigate each case. For me, human rights protection is very important. The sad developments shocked the whole country," Tokayev said, as quoted by the office.
The leader added that a social foundation "Kazakhstan halkyna" (to the Kazakh people) that has been set up upon his instruction, will also provide support to those affected.
"We will not allow anybody to destroy the unity and harmony of our people. This is a common duty not only of the state, but of all citizens. This tragedy must never happen again!" Tokayev said.
After a prayer, Tokayev said the Kazakh people faced harsh ordeals this year.
Uniformed officers are seen during protests in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in this picture obtained by Reuters on January 5, 2022. Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.01.2022
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