The government resigned under the weight of the protests.. the declaration of emergency and the closure of two airports in Kazakhstan and the opposition demands the overthrow of the regime
Violent protests in Kazakhstan have paralyzed air transport and closed at least two airports. While the president declared a state of emergency over the entire territory and accepted the resignation of the government, he called on the most prominent opponents to continue the anger until the fall of the regime.
Kazakh media reported the closure of Almaty and Aktau airports, amid angry protests against high prices and government performance.
Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that Azerbaijan Airlines canceled its flights to Almaty in Kazakhstan after the demonstrators took control of the city’s airport. He added that the Russian company “Airflot” canceled one of its flights to Almaty after the demonstrators took control of its airport.
Also, Belarusian Airlines canceled its flight to the same city.
Reuters reported that all flights to and from Almaty were temporarily cancelled.
The Kazakh presidency had announced earlier that the government submitted its resignation to President Kassym Gumrat Tokayev, and this came in an attempt to calm the anger of the demonstrators who took to the streets to protest and set fire to official buildings in protest against the government’s performance and the rise in prices.
Kazakh media reported that the protesters stormed the Almaty government building, the country’s largest city.
Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that the protesters looted the Almaty government building, and that the first floor of the building was on fire, adding that the largest telecom operator cut off Internet services for the whole country.
The Presidency of the Republic published on its website a decree stating that the president accepted the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Askar Mamin, and assigned Ali Khan Ismailov (Deputy Prime Minister) to take care of business pending the formation of a new government.
The decree added that members of the government will continue to perform their job duties until the approval of the formation of the new government, adding that the decree entered into force from the date of President Tokayev’s signature on it.
The Kazakh president ordered the government to control the prices of fuel and basic commodities, and said the dismissed government was responsible for the tension, and that ministers had failed to tackle inflation.
The resignation of the government came the day after the president declared a state of emergency in Almaty, the economic capital, after this southeastern city witnessed – on Tuesday evening – a huge demonstration, which the police used to disperse sound bombs and tear gas.
Tokayev declared a state of emergency in Almaty and the Mangistau province from today, Wednesday, January 5, until January 19, provided that during this period a night curfew will be in effect, starting at 11 pm and ending at 7 am local time.
Reuters reported that the police arrested more than 200 people after attacking government buildings during the protests, while the Ministry of Interior said that protesters burned 37 police cars during the demonstrations.
Subsequently, it was reported that a state of emergency was declared over the entire Kazakh territory.
resentment and justification
Messaging apps – Telegram, Signal and WhatsApp – stopped working on Tuesday evening, after thousands of people took to the streets in the oil-rich country to express their dissatisfaction with high prices and government performance.
The protests sparked a rise in gas prices, but the government’s move to cut prices in response to the protesters’ demands did not contribute to allaying their anger.
For its part, the Ministry of Energy explained that the rise in prices is due to the high demand for gas cylinders, which began trading on the Energy Exchange at the beginning of the year.
After the demonstrations broke out, Tokayev called for restraint, writing on Twitter that “the demonstrators must be responsible and ready for dialogue.”
The president added that directives had been issued to the police to prevent “violations of public order,” and said he had asked the authorities to find a “solution in the interest of both sides.”
down the system
As for the opposition, Mukhtar Ablyazov, who resides in Paris, he called for continuing the protests until the overthrow of the Nazarbayev and Tokayev regime and all the current authority in the country.
Ablyazov – in a video clip on Twitter – asked the protesters to take control of all state institutions and not to attack the police and the army or harm government centers across the country.
Ablyazov announced the existence of a coordination body for the protests operating from the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.