The President of Kazakhstan, Kasim-Yomart Tokayev said on Friday he ordered his security forces to “shoot to kill without warning” protesters, whom he called “terrorists”, if they resist law enforcement officials. Anti-government protests that started over rising fuel prices have been wreaking havoc in the country since the weekend.
The scenes of violence continued after Russian-led alliance “peacekeeping” troops arrived in the country. According to authorities, dozens of protesters were killed, as well as 01 police officers and security agents. More than 3,000 people have already been detained, according to the Ministry of the Interior.
Authorities assured this Friday morning that the situation was under control, including in Almaty, the country’s largest city and center of unrest. However, there are reports that shootings continue in the city.
In recent days, protesters have invaded and set fire to government buildings in several cities in the oil-producing country and for a moment occupied the Almaty airport. The international press reports that, this Friday, hundreds of protesters are gathered in two cities in the west of the country. There were also sporadic events with up to 3,000 participants in other cities.
“I gave the order to the police and the Army to shoot to kill without warning,” the Kazakh president said in a statement to the nation, in addition to stressing that he will not dialogue “with armed and prepared bandits, both local and foreign”.