President Announces Order to Regions

Jan 8, 2022

President Kassym Jomart Tokayev announced that order in all regions of Kazakhstan has been “mainly restored” following violent clashes between security forces and protesters. The president also confirmed the arrival of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) “peacekeeping forces” that are expected to guard government buildings and military installations. During his televised address, the president authorized the use of live ammunition on demonstrators with no warning. He also stated that “terrorist operations” will continue until militants are “eliminated.”

Gunshots were reported in central Almaty — Kazakhstan’s largest city — following the president’s televised address on 7 January. Clashes between security forces and demonstrators continue in central Almaty. Authorities have cordoned off entrances and exits to the city via checkpoints. State media sources allege that demonstrators unsuccessfully attempted to gain control of the Koktobe news tower in Almaty. Local residents report that most businesses are closed, internet services remain suspended in Almaty, and individuals are unable to withdraw money from ATMs or banking institutions.

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