The state of emergency in Kazakhstan continues: 12 policemen were killed in clashes with protesters

Severe riots in Kazakhstan: Twelve policemen were killed during clashes with protesters in the country’s city of Almaty, state television reported today (Thursday). Meanwhile, police said dozens of rioters had been “eliminated” in clashes with forces in the main square in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city.

Following the events, German airline Lufthansa has announced that it is no longer offering scheduled flights to the city of Almaty, as the country in Central Asia has been facing its worst unrest in more than a decade.

Almaty airport was reportedly overrun by anti-government protesters yesterday, forcing flights to be canceled, before being later occupied by government security forces.

Kazakhstan riots (Photo: Reuters)

Yesterday, Kazakh President Kazim-Jumart Tokayev warned that he would respond harshly to the country’s major demonstrations after protesters set fire to the Almaty city hall, and a state of emergency was declared in the capital Nur-Sultan and other areas.

Demonstrations in the Muslim Republic of Central Asia, one of the largest since independence with the collapse of the USSR in 1991, began after drivers in the western city of Genoa protested against doubling the price of liquefied petroleum gas used to refuel vehicles. 16 protesters were shot dead.

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