The president of Kazakhstan has said constitutional order has been “mainly restored” after the country was engulfed in unheard of unrest in recent days.
Following deadly protests sparked by fuel price rises, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said: “An anti-terror operation has commenced. Law enforcement agencies are working hard. Constitutional order has been mainly restored in all regions of the country. Local authorities are in control of the situation.”
The president additional, however, that “terrorists are nevertheless using weapons and are damaging people’s character”, and that “counter-terrorist actions” should be continued.
Kazakhstan is experiencing its worst street protests since the country attained independence three decades ago.
The displays began over a near-doubling of prices for a kind of means fuel and quickly spread across the country, reflecting wider discontent over the rule of the same party since independence.
The protests have turned extremely violent, with government buildings set ablaze and more than a dozen law enforcement officers killed.
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