After 18 policemen were killed in demonstrations: The President of Kazakhstan announced that order had been restored

President of Kazakhstan, Kasim-Jumart Tokayev, Announced today (Friday) that the constitutional order has been largely restored in the country, after it was hit by unrest. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry updated that “26 armed criminals have been killed and more than 3,000 of them arrested, while 18 policemen and security forces have been killed since the beginning of the demonstrations this week.”

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in response to the events that it “closely monitors developments and wishes for calm and restoration of order. “On the warm relations between the peoples and the fruitful cooperation between the governments. As a key country in Central Asia and the founder of the CICA Forum for Peace, Security and Regional Stability, we look forward to restoring stability and calm in Kazakhstan soon.”

Russia also commented, saying that “Moscow is confident that Kazakhstan will deal with the problems that have arisen.” A Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman tweeted on his Twitter account that “Kazakhstan’s stability and security are of high importance and we hope that peace will return to the country as soon as possible.”

Demonstrations in the Central Asian Muslim Republic, 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.

Riots in Kazakhstan (Photo: REUTERS / Stringer)

In the midst of the demonstrations, Tukayev warned that he would react harshly after protesters set fire to the city hall in Almaty, and a state of emergency was declared in the capital Nur-Sultan and other areas. Also, 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 dealing with its worst unrest in more than a decade.

By Editor

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