Kazakhstan Railways has suspended a number of train services due to the declaration of a state of emergency in three regions of the country.
Along with Almaty, railway traffic was suspended in Makat and Lem provinces, the report said, citing the country’s media.
It was noted that the trains are currently temporarily stationed at the junction stations. Passengers are provided with food and water.
According to the report, 46 freight trains were also suspended.
It was also reported that the Almaty airport will be closed. But the airport management denied this. It was noted that the airport continues to operate according to the previous schedule.
In addition, the buildings of the Almaty Executive Power, the city prosecutor’s office, as well as the headquarters of the Auezov district branch of the ruling Nur Otan party were set on fire.
According to unconfirmed reports, the serviceman, who tried to disperse the rally, was shot.
As a result of the riots in Almaty, 33 special purpose vehicles were destroyed and set on fire. According to the report, 16 of them are police, 7 are ambulances, 2 are firefighters, 7 are trucks and 1 is a fuel truck. It was noted that about 300 enterprises, including 120 shops, more than 100 offices and 80 public catering facilities were destroyed during the riots.
Protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2 in the cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau. City residents took to the streets to protest the doubling of liquefied natural gas prices.
President Kasim-Jomart Tokayev ordered the establishment of a commission to study the situation, and on January 4 he said he was ready to fulfill the main demand of the protesters and reduce gas prices.
However, peaceful protests have spread to other cities. In the evening of January 4, clashes broke out in Almaty between protesters and police using gas and sound grenades. The head of state called on people to be careful and not to succumb to provocations from inside and outside. The President stressed that the government will not collapse.
Then the head of state declared a state of emergency in Almaty and Mangistau regions. The state of emergency, which will last until January 19, includes curfew from 23:00 to 07:00, restriction of freedom of movement, etc. Contains.
On January 5, the government of Kasim-Jomart Tokayev resigned. In addition, Narkbergen Tulepov, director of the Gas Processing Plant in Zhanaozen district of Mangistau region, was detained. He is accused of unreasonably raising gas prices.
Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry says no military force has been deployed to quell protests in Mangistau Oblast.