“I have given an order to the law enforcement and military to shoot to kill without warning,” Tokayev announced on Friday.
The president has rejected the idea of resolving the ongoing crisis through negotiations. “It’s nonsense. What kind of talks can one have with criminals and murderers?” he asked.
Meanwhile, the Kazakh Khabar-24 TV channel reported on Friday citing the country’s Interior Ministry that 26 participants of the recent mass protests were killed and over 3,000 more were detained, Tass reported.
“In all, over 3,000 criminals were detained, 26 more killed and 18 armed terrorists were wounded,” the television channel reported adding that 18 law enforcers were killed and up to 750 policemen were wounded during mass disorders.
A state of emergency has been declared all across Kazakhstan over mass protests that erupted in the cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau in the Mangistau region in the country’s southwest on January 2 where residents protested against fuel price hikes.
Two days later, riots erupted in…