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Army and protesters clash in Kazakhstan as US, UN demands “detention”

At least eight security forces were killed and more than 300 were injured by the time violent protests resumed in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty.

After the state of emergency was issued, authorities blocked access to the Internet and mobile phones nationwide. (AA)

Fierce protests in Kazakhstan over rising fuel prices have resumed as the White House and the United Nations urged Kazakhstan authorities to show “suppression” in dealing with civil unrest.

On Thursday, several armored personnel carriers and dozens of troops traveled on foot to invade the main square of Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. Hundreds of people were protesting the government on the third day.

According to witnesses, gunshots were heard as the troops approached the crowd.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki said the United States should be able to “express themselves peacefully” in support of the “call for calm” and “exercise restraint” to the authorities. I urged him.

The United Nations also called on all States parties to “exercise restraint, refrain from violence and promote dialogue.”

The Kazakh Ministry of Interior said eight police officers and state guards were killed in the turmoil and more than 300 were injured. No figures on civilian casualties have been released.

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“Crazy Russian claim”

Kazakhstan has been involved in protests since the beginning of the year when the government escalated into a clash with police on Wednesday, a national declaration. Urgent notice..

The state of emergency came later protest Soaring fuel prices plunged into a clash and demonstrators were hit by a storm Government building..

Authorities blocked access to the Internet and mobile phones nationwide, and previously declared states of emergency occurred in the center of the rally, the financial capitals of Almaty and Mangystau.

The state of emergency was also declared in the capital Nur-Sultan and later extended to the entire former Soviet nation.

“The crazy Russian claim” about the US hand behind the mass demonstrations is “absolutely wrong and clearly part of the standard Russian disinformation playbook,” Pusaki added.

State Department spokesman Ned Price blamed the destruction of property, but also criticized the government’s power outage on the Internet.

“We urge all Kazakhs to respect and uphold constitutional institutions, human rights and media freedom, including the restoration of Internet services,” Price said in a statement.

The United Nations also called on all parties to “exercise restraint, refrain from violence and promote dialogue,” as spokesman Stephen Dujaric said he was tracking the case “with concern.” rice field.

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