Popular blog Zero Hedge reported:
Security officials in Kazakhstan admitted they’ve killed dozens of anti-government rioters in the large main city of Almaty, after alleging the protesters attempted to storm and take control of several police stations. Authorities have labeled the massive fuel protests which have brought the country to the brink of collapse as fueled by “terrorists” and manipulated by “outside interference”. Now with Russian support, it’s looking like Kazakh authorities will intensify their crackdown.
Russian troops are en route to help restore order after an urgent decision by the Russian-led regional security bloc Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). “The CSTO confirmed Russian paratroopers were being dispatched as peacekeepers, with advance units already deployed,” BBC reports Thursday.
Machine guns at work in Almaty, Kazakhstan where several footages of looting are also making rounds pic.twitter.com/DXweaIY9bO
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) January 5, 2022
Scenes from Almaty and other city streets in Kazakhstan are beginning to resemble a war zone, with state military forces seen in central squares, including armored personnel carriers, the day following embattled President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev vowed the state would not fall, and that he would stay at his post no matter what- Zero Hedge reported.
Widely circulating but unverified social media videos show running street battles with security forces, as police appear to be unleashing live fire, and as some unconfirmed footage seems to show rioters breaching police armories to access weapons.
URGENT: Rioters or “foreign sponsored terrorists” as announced by the president of Kazakhstan — have made their way into the arsenal of the National Security Committee and acquired heavy weaponry such as mortars. pic.twitter.com/uMFLA5sgJO
— ASB News / MILITARY〽️ (@ASBMilitary) January 5, 2022
Banks being robbed. These are not just protests but generalized anarchy. One has to wonder how things reached this point
— Bruno Maçães (@MacaesBruno) January 6, 2022
According to BBC citing state sources, “Twelve members of the security forces have been killed and 353 injured in the unrest, sparked by a doubling in the cost of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).”
Meanwhile Russia is getting increasingly vocal. According to the newswires:
Russian Foreign Ministry says they see events in Kazakhstan as a foreign-inspired attempt to undermine state security using force.
And more mayhem is unfolding as Kazakh troops deploy to city streets amid the martial law ‘state of emergency’ in effect over the whole country: SOLDIERS FIRING AT PROTESTERS AND CARS ON MAIN SQUARE OF KAZAKHSTAN’S ALMATY – TASS QUOTES WITNESSES
Footage from Almaty, Kazakhstan that shows the ongoing military operation within the city. pic.twitter.com/8iSCOKFSRp
— Global: MilitaryInfo (@Global_Mil_Info) January 6, 2022
Already in Russian media there are “Reports of firefights in central Almaty as law enforcement authorities are conducting mop up operations to quell the protests.”