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Kazakh leaders refuse to talk and order the army to “shoot and kill”

Kazakhstan’s president refused to call for parleys with protesters on Friday after days of unprecedented anxiety, vowed to destroy “armed bandits” and shot his army to kill without warning. Allowed to do.

Kassym-Jomart Tokaev also gave “special thanks” to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a hard-line speech to the country after the Moscow-led military alliance sent troops to Kazakhstan to curb violence. ..

According to AFP correspondents, security forces blocked Almaty’s strategic area (the largest city in the country and the epicenter of recent violence) and fired into the air when someone approached.

Elsewhere, the city was like a haunted town, with banks, supermarkets and restaurants closed. Some small shops that were still open quickly ran out of food.

Late Friday, the United States allowed non-urgent consular staff and the families of all staff to leave the country.

In his third television speech this week, Tokaev said that order was almost restored.

“Terrorists continue to damage property and use weapons against citizens. I ordered law enforcement agencies to shoot without warning,” he said.

He ridiculed the call for negotiations from abroad as “nonsense.”

“We are dealing with bandits armed and trained both locally and abroad. Together with bandits and terrorists. So they have to be destroyed. This will happen soon.”

Western nations have called for restraint in all respects and respect for the rights of those who protest peacefully.

However, China’s President Xi Jinping praised Tokaev for taking “strong measures.”

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Long seen as one of the most stable republics of the former Soviet Republic in Central Asia, the energetic Kazakhstan faces the greatest crisis in decades.

The first cause of the protest was the soaring prices of compressed gas in the country’s western energy center, but government moves to lower prices could not stop the protests from continuing.

Violence erupted late Tuesday when police fired tear gas in a powerful protest in Almaty and stunned grenades.

The next day, the opposition attacked the official residences such as the Municipal Headquarters and the official residence, and it was set on fire, and a national state of emergency was announced.

The Interior Ministry said 26 “armed criminals” were killed in the mayhem.

Eighteen guards were killed, more than 740 were injured, and more than 3,800 were detained.

The numbers could not be confirmed independently and there was no official information on the casualties of civilian bystanders.

The big picture of chaos is often unclear, with widespread disruption of communications, including cell phone signals and hours of Internet shutdown.

-Land of the Russian Airborne Troops-

Most domestic flights have been canceled, and a Russian news agency said all flights except military flights will be closed until Sunday, according to Almaty airport officials.

On Wednesday, Tokaev sought help from the Russian-controlled Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday that nine planes with airborne forces and hardware landed in Almaty and Russian troops helped secure the airport.

It is not clear how many troops have been dispatched to the army, including troops from former Soviet countries Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kirgistan, but Moscow media say the number of Russian delegations is less than 5,000. He said it was expected to be.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Russian press that Russian leaders and Tokaev had recently spoken several times to discuss “the situation in Kazakhstan and joint action within the framework of the CSTO.”

-“Democracy is not tolerant”-

Mr. Tokaev said Almaty had been attacked by “20,000 bandits” for “clear planning of attacks, coordination of actions, and high combat readiness.”

He accused the unnamed foreigners of “so-called free media” for inciting violence, adding that “democracy is not tolerant.”

Tokaev has announced several moves to relieve anxiety, including the resignation of the Cabinet and a six-month fuel price limit.

Protests are the biggest threat to date for the administration, which Kazakhstan’s founder Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned in 2019 and carefully elected Tokaev as his successor.

Much of the anger seemed to be directed at 81-year-old Nazarbayev, who had ruled Kazakhstan since 1989 before giving up power.

Many protesters shouted, “Old man!” In connection with Nazarbayev, his statue was demolished in a city in the south of Taldykorgan.

Critics have accused him and his family of continuing to rule behind the scenes and accumulating huge wealth at the expense of the general public.

The former president has not appeared since the crisis began, and there have been unconfirmed reports that he and his family have fled the country.

However, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called Nazarbayev to “discuss” what happened in Kazakhstan, Belarusian news agency Bertha reported on Friday night, citing the news agency of Lukashenko.

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