Protests Escalate in Kazakhstan as President's Home is Set on Fire
Updated: Jan 7
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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