Protests in Qazaqstan, which broke out on January 2, escalated into mass clashes with law enforcement forces. The protesters use batons, cold weapons and explosive packages. Turmoils that started in the south and west of the country are spreading over other cities. State of emergency was introduced in Nur-Sultan, Alma-Ata, Mangistau region. On January 5, the use of firearms was reported.
According to the latest data, more than 200 police officers and more than 100 civilians have already been injured. Only in Alma-Ata, the largest city in Qazaqstan, 190 people went to health institutions, 150 of them were transported via ambulance. There are at least 7 victims in critical condition in the intensive care units, 4 of them are police officers.
“More than 500 civilians were beaten, including 130 women and old people. As a result of their illegal actions, over 120 vehicles were burned, including 33 police cars, ambulance crews, fire trucks” the head of the Almaty police department said.
According to incoming data, the Mayor’s Office of Almaty has been captured and set on fire. The building of the regional prosecutor’s office in the city is on fire too.
In Almaty, pogroms began amid the protests. About 400 cafes, shops and offices were looted.
Shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar’ are heard in the crowds.
Police are forbidden to use force. The protesters are well coordinated and equipped. Videos shared online show that street surveillance cameras are being purposefully destroyed. Dozens of cars, including military trucks, were burned. In Almaty, protesters seized police special equipment, including military trucks
On the night of January 5, president Tokayev resigned the entire government.
The behavior of President Tokayev and his office is surprising. The protests were likely directed by concerned persons from Tokayev’s entourage in order to completely remove the former President of Qazaqstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, from power. He now holds the post of “Leader of the Nation”, i.e. a kind of final political instance. Earlier in 2021, Nazarbayev left several key posts, which he continued to hold after he left the post of the president of Qazaqstan. So far his team has held a number of key positions in the state, including in the power unit.
The efforts of some Qazaq elites were immediately joined by pro-Western forces that organize the coordination of the protests from the territory of Ukraine and Europe. Their formal leader seems to be the fugitive Qazaq oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov.
Prominent member of opposition with a corruption and criminal trail Mukhtar Ablyazov calls on the protesters to coordinate their actions with the remote headquarters located in Ukraine: +380 is the international code of Ukraine, and 50 and 99 are the codes of the Ukrainian Vodafone mobile provider. The publication reads:
“We call to coordinate actions on the protest the change of the Nazarbayev’s regime. You have to contact the headquarters of the DVK (Democratic choice of Qazaqstan, political party founded by Ablyazov and coordinated by foreign services)”