Kazakh president calls emergency meeting as security tightens in Almaty

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Saturday that the deployment of the Russia-led military bloc known as the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Nur-Sultan had allowed Kazakh law enforcement agencies to be redeployed to intervene in Almaty.
Tokayev called a meeting with senior officials in the Kazakh capital on Saturday, where authorities have declared a state of emergency from January 5 until January 19.
The CSTO secretariat said on Thursday that its peacekeepers’ main tasks would be to protect important state and military facilities and help the Kazakh law and order forces, Reuters reported.
On Friday, police were checking cars on the city roads with the support of the Kazakh military, including heavy vehicles.
Dozens of people have died, and public buildings across Kazakhstan have been ransacked and torched over the past week in the worst violence experienced in the Central Asian nation, a major oil and uranium producer since it became independent in the early 1990s as the Soviet Union collapsed.
The demonstrations began as a response to a fuel price hike but swelled into a broad movement against Tokayev’s Russian-backed government and 81-year-old former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, whose family is widely believed to have retained influence in Nur-Sultan, the purpose-built capital that bears his name.The post Kazakh president calls emergency meeting as security tightens in Almaty first appeared on Ariana News.

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