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Protests Escalate in Kazakhstan as President's Home is Set on Fire

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

What Happened:

  • On Wednesday, protesters stormed the presidential residence and mayor's office in Kazakhstan, setting fire to both.

  • Protests started in response to a surge in fuel prices that nearly doubled the cost of petroleum gas. They have since escalated suggesting more widespread discontent in the country.

  • Police have clashed with protesters over the last few days using water cannons, tear gas, concussion grenades and, reportedly, even firing on some demonstrators.

  • According to the Interior Ministry, 8 police officers and national guard members were killed and more than 300 have been injured. No data has been released in regards to civilian casualties or injuries.

  • President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has declared a two-week state of emergency to try and quell the protests. He has also called on assistance from other countries to help restore order.

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