Deadly Protests Rock Kazakhstan

Published January 9th, 2022 - 09:29 GMT

Burnt buildings and cars, looting, destruction and remains of bullets; Kazakhstan is left with huge vacuum following the deadly protests that erupted in several cities with the main focus was in Almaty city.

More than 5000 protesters were jailed and tens killed in the rallies triggered by the increase in oil prices.

Thousands were also injured in the demonstrations. Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pleaded for foreign intervention, after declaring nationwide state of emergency, to restore calm in the country as Russia announced the sending peacekeepers to help control the situation.

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A photo shows a destroyed bank in central Almaty on January 8, 2022, after violence that erupted following protests over hikes in fuel prices. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)

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Kazakhstan's president has rejected calls for talks with protesters after days of unprecedented unrest, vowing to destroy "armed bandits" and authorising his forces to shoot to kill without warning. In a new effort to pacify the protesters, the government sets fuel price limits for six months. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)

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A pedestrian walks past a burnt-out fire engine in central Almaty on January 7, 2022, after unprecedented unrest in the Central Asian nation due to a hike in energy prices. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)

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A photograph shows a view of a burnt-out administrative building in central Almaty on January 7, 2022, after unprecedented unrest in the Central Asian nation due to a hike in energy prices. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)

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A burned-out automobile is seen on a square near an administrative quarter in central Almaty on January 6, 2022. Twelve security officers have been killed and 353 wounded in ongoing unrest in Kazakhstan, media reports said on January 6, 2022. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)

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Servicemen and their military vehicles block a street in central Almaty on January 7, 2022, after violence that erupted following protests over hikes in fuel prices. (Photo by Abduaziz MADYAROV / AFP)

Kazakhstan protests

Kazakhstan's president said earlier that order had mostly been restored across the country, after protests this week over fuel prices escalated into widespread violence, especially in main city Almaty. (Photo by Abduaziz MADYAROV / AFP)

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A driver shows a bullet removed from his car at a gas station in Almaty on January 8, 2022, after violence that erupted following protests over hikes in fuel prices. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)

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A serviceman patrols a street in central Almaty on January 8, 2022, after violence that erupted following protests over hikes in fuel prices. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)

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A photo shows a destroyed bank in central Almaty on January 8, 2022, after violence that erupted following protests over hikes in fuel prices. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)
Kazakhstan protests
Kazakhstan's president has rejected calls for talks with protesters after days of unprecedented unrest, vowing to destroy "armed bandits" and authorising his forces to shoot to kill without warning. In a new effort to pacify the protesters, the government sets fuel price limits for six months. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)
Kazakhstan protests
A pedestrian walks past a burnt-out fire engine in central Almaty on January 7, 2022, after unprecedented unrest in the Central Asian nation due to a hike in energy prices. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)
Kazakhstan protests
A photograph shows a view of a burnt-out administrative building in central Almaty on January 7, 2022, after unprecedented unrest in the Central Asian nation due to a hike in energy prices. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)
Kazakhstan protests
A burned-out automobile is seen on a square near an administrative quarter in central Almaty on January 6, 2022. Twelve security officers have been killed and 353 wounded in ongoing unrest in Kazakhstan, media reports said on January 6, 2022. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)
Kazakhstan protests
Servicemen and their military vehicles block a street in central Almaty on January 7, 2022, after violence that erupted following protests over hikes in fuel prices. (Photo by Abduaziz MADYAROV / AFP)
Kazakhstan protests
Kazakhstan's president said earlier that order had mostly been restored across the country, after protests this week over fuel prices escalated into widespread violence, especially in main city Almaty. (Photo by Abduaziz MADYAROV / AFP)
Kazakhstan protests
A driver shows a bullet removed from his car at a gas station in Almaty on January 8, 2022, after violence that erupted following protests over hikes in fuel prices. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)
Kazakhstan protests
A serviceman patrols a street in central Almaty on January 8, 2022, after violence that erupted following protests over hikes in fuel prices. (Photo by Alexandr BOGDANOV / AFP)