KAZAKHSTAN, RUSSIA: Protests across Kazakhstan have left at least eight dead and hundreds injured, officials claimed, after the presidential residence was engulfed in flames and armed protesters stormed another government building.
Demonstrations in the central Asian country turned violent on Wednesday amid anger at a rise in fuel prices.
Almaty airport was seized earlier in the day and a State of Emergency declared following the worst unrest for more than a decade. The White House has said it is monitoring the unrest.
The protests began on Sunday in Zhanaozen, a city in the west, spreading across the country and on Tuesday large demonstrations broke out in the capital, Nur-Sultan.
Kazakhstan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Meanwhile, Russia and its allies said they would send troops to help Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev quell protests after anti-government demonstrators seized official buildings and a major airport in the biggest challenge to the central Asian country’s leadership in decades.
Citing “threats to the national security and sovereignty” of Kazakhstan caused “in part by intervention from abroad,” the six-nation Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) decided to deploy “peacekeeping forces” for a “limited period with the goal of stabilising and normalising the situation in the country,” according to the brief statement posted on the Kremlin website.
It didn’t include any details on the size of the deployment or which countries would send troops. The CSTO is dominated by Russia and also includes Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. – INDIAN EXPRESS