'It was a waking nightmare': Residents still reeling from bloody riots in Kazakhstan

Published on: 13/01/2022 – 16:42Modified: 14/01/2022 – 11:12

Many people have been killed and hundreds injured in Kazakhstan as peaceful protests over rising oil prices have been violent since January 2-9. The video of the incident shows shops and houses set on fire. During the riots, many residents of the old Almaty capital lived in their homes, without internet access. We met a woman who told us about her week of riots and riots in the city of violence.

After a week of protests, riots and riots, the citizens of Almaty came out from behind the locked doors to find their city converted. Pictures of the game show damage to the roads – cars burned, shops looted.

At first they looked like security guards despair and the same opponents attacked City Hall on January 4. But that evening they began a violent fight.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called on Russia and its allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization to help restore order. On January 7, the President issued a warrant for the police “fire without warning” and “killing shot” to critics. About 8,000 people were arrested.

‘Unidentified gangs started firing and looting the entire city’

After a few days internet shutdown, The people of Almaty were able to find a permanent connection. After being able to connect, Lyazzat, who lives in Almaty, responded to a message from the FRANCE 24 Observers team. He told us about the situation in the city, as now peace was restored.

We are still scared. How could such a thing happen in our city?

It hurts to see my favorite stores fall into disrepair. And seeing the pride of our city, the buildings in the Soviet style, have been completely destroyed. It is also bad to see the losses that small businesses incur. That was their way of life, and the violence ruined everything.

As protests against the rise in gas prices began peacefully in the capital city on January 4, a few people thought the violence was over.

The president agreed to reduce the price of fossil fuels (LPG) on the evening of January 4 and Lyazzat thought it was the end of the protests.

But the mob took another, more deadly approach.

In a short time, everything became chaotic, much to everyone’s surprise. Unidentified mobs began furious with the crowd and looted the entire city.

He attacked the police and destroyed homes and shops in the city. These were not ordinary people. Many well-known people, by this time, were exhausted.

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The security forces used it amazing bombs and tear gas scatter the opponents. Several young video he exhibited demonstrations that carried clubs and shields. Another video, posted on January 5, shows protesters take guns from the trunk of the car.

According to Amnesty International, police also used firearms.

The video, which was released on January 5, 2022, shows protesters carrying guns.

You can hear the gunshots in this civilian video, which was posted on the Telegraph on January 5. There is a body on the floor.

Like many others, Lyzzat did not leave his home once between January 5 and 9. Messages as well as announcements on loudspeakers telling locals to stay indoors during terrorist attacks. Several independent websites was banned. Lyazzat tried to remain knowledgeable, even though the internet was turned off:

The only way we can get that information is by telephone, by friends and relatives, or by watching TV. […] A shoe store near us was robbed and we heard noises [from our home]. We lived in the middle of town and heard gunshots all night long for several days in a row. This terrified us. We feared that it would not last.

‘Some people helped to clean up, others prepared food and gathered in warm military uniforms’

On January 9, the Information Minister announced the death toll, saying 164 people have died. Later that day, he issued the statement, citing “technical errors” without printing new numbers.

Of the world date of funeral was held on January 10 in memory of victims, civilians and civilians.

Life returns to Almaty, Lyazzat says:

Calm is slowly returning to Almaty. The internet has been working well for the past two days. Public transportation is also working and people are going to work. Markets and shops have reopened. At first, bread and vegetables were in short supply, but now things are back to normal and the store shelves are filling up again.

Volunteers are coming together to help the struggling businesses, as well as the soldiers who have been overseeing the city. Some people are trying to help fix things. Some are making food and collecting warm clothing and military socks.

@almaty_kris_p In these critical times, human cooperation and mutual support prove that everything will be fine! Thanks to those who are not interested in their friends.🙏#almaty #almaty # instructions ♬ Today – Nico

The video, which was posted on TikTok on January 12, shows a man in a car, explaining to someone that he is giving food to those who need it.

In addition to stopping gas prices, protesters also demanded the resignation of former Nursultan Nazarbayev, a 28-year-old president. Although he handed over his leadership to Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in 2019, Nazarbayev is still head of the country’s Security Council.

President Tokayev ousted Nazarbayev on January 5. was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy. At a video conference on January 10, a The Kazakh president was criticized Foreigners who participated in the violence called what they called “terrorists” and “attempted kidnappings”.


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