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UN rips Kazakhstan after troops seen wearing blue helmets

The United Nations criticized Kazakhstan after the country’s troops were seen wearing blue helmets, a symbol reserved for U.N. peacekeepers, while quelling protests. Kazakhstani President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called in troops to assist the country after protests erupted over high fuel prices and the autocratic government that has been in power the past two decades. The troops,Continue reading “UN rips Kazakhstan after troops seen wearing blue helmets”

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President Putin claims “international terrorism” behind Kazakhstan protests – BBC News

The President of Kazakhstan has described the protests last week in which dozens are reported to have died, as an attempted coup. Troops from Russia are in the country to support its government in restoring order and President Putin said Kazakhstan had been targeted by “international terrorism”. Huw Edward presents BBC News at Ten reportingContinue reading “President Putin claims “international terrorism” behind Kazakhstan protests – BBC News”

Kazakhstan: More than 160 killed, 5,000 arrested during riots – Al Jazeera

More than 160 people were killed and 5,000 arrested in Kazakhstan after the riots that shook Central Asia’s largest country over the past week. The interior ministry, quoted on Sunday by local media, said initial estimates put property damage at about 175 million euros ($198m) after the deadly violence. Al Jazeera’s Robin Forestier-Walker reports.

Kazakhstan’s former head of national security detained on suspicion of treason – DW News

Russia is sending troops to Kazakhstan to support the government, which has been facing days of angry protests. For Moscow, there is more at stake than cementing its influence in a neighboring country shaken by unrest. After days of violent protests, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has vowed to destroy “armed bandits.” He gave “special thanks”Continue reading “Kazakhstan’s former head of national security detained on suspicion of treason – DW News”

Gravitas: Kazakhstan protests create a new headache for Putin – WION

Kazakhstan is a country in crisis. Overwhelmed by the public anger, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has called in Russian paratroopers. What’s at stake for the Russian President in Kazakhstan? Palki Sharma tells you more.

Kazakhstan president authorises security forces to ‘fire without warning’

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Friday he had ordered security forces to open fire without warning in order to quell Kazakhstan’s worst unrest in decades, thanking Russia and its allies for their assistance in restoring order.  Tokayev said in a televised address that up to 20,000 “bandits” had attacked the financial capital Almaty and were destroying state property.Continue reading “Kazakhstan president authorises security forces to ‘fire without warning’”

Kazakh president sacks cabinet, declares emergency amid unrest – Al Jazeera

Kazakhstan’s president has accepted the government’s resignation after protests erupted over high fuel prices. The unrest continued on Wednesday, with reports of gunfire heard near the mayor’s office of the nation’s biggest city, Almaty. More than 200 people were arrested and nearly 100 officers injured amid the unrest. A two-week state of emergency has beenContinue reading “Kazakh president sacks cabinet, declares emergency amid unrest – Al Jazeera”