Kazakhstan’s leadership on unrest: “attempted coup”

Status: 10.01.2022 09:25 a.m.

Almost 8,000 people have been arrested after the violent protests in Kazakhstan, authorities say. The death toll remains unclear. President Tokayev spoke of an “attempted coup”.

According to the authorities, almost 8,000 people were arrested after the violent protests in Kazakhstan. A total of 7,939 people were arrested, said the Interior Ministry on its website. In two markets in Almaty, a city in the south-east of the country that was particularly hard hit by the unrest, 207 people were arrested in two markets. Among the detainees are high-ranking officials such as the former head of the secret service, Karim Massimov. The longtime confidante of the former President Nazarbayev is accused of high treason.

Kazakh President Tokayev blames a “group of armed fighters” for the protests.

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Tokayev accuses protesters

President Kassym-Shomart Tokayev made allegations against the demonstrators. “Groups of armed fighters” who had been waiting for the right moment “went into action,” said the president at a video conference with his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin and other allied heads of state. The “main goal” had become clear, “it was an attempt at a coup,” said Tokayev.

Today there is a nationwide state mourning in the ex-Soviet republic. According to the state agency Kazinform, all flags were set at half-mast. President Tokayev had issued an ordinance to commemorate the “many victims of the tragic events in some parts of the country”.

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Death toll unclear

The death toll, meanwhile, remains unclear. More than 160 people have already died in the riots, the Kazakh state television reported on Sunday, citing the Ministry of Health. More than 2000 were injured. These figures were deleted by the state media on Sunday evening without giving any reason. The Ministry of Health reported more than 2,200 injuries nationwide. Around 700 of them are currently still being treated in hospitals.

According to official information, more than 100 people are said to have died in the metropolis of Almaty alone. There had been serious riots here for days. Administration buildings were set on fire, shops looted, cars set on fire.

According to eyewitnesses, there were repeated exchanges of fire and explosions. But in the meantime the situation has calmed down, says a resident via video switch: “Half of the large supermarkets have reopened. In my district, people go out again. The ATMs work. Today the garbage was picked up. The buses should start tomorrow or Drive again the day after tomorrow. It is slowly returning to normal. “

“They weren’t the same people”

Many people in Almaty wonder how the peaceful demonstrations turned into such bloody riots: “The people who protested on the square and the looters were not the same people,” says the local resident. But she doesn’t know who the looters, the armed men, or where they came from. It’s hard to get an idea, she says. There are far too many false reports in circulation.

Meanwhile, the government is trying to quantify the extent of the damage. According to the interior minister-designate Jerlan Turgunbayev, over 400 vehicles, including many emergency vehicles, were destroyed across the country.

“The looters robbed over 100 large trading establishments and banks. According to preliminary estimates, the damage is 87 billion tenge,” said Turgunbayev. That alone is equivalent to just under 177 million euros.

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Military alliance advises

Today he wants to inform the heads of state and government of the CSTO military alliance in a video conference about the situation in the country. It remains to be seen whether a date for the end of the mission of the CSTO troops called for help in the country will be discussed.

With information from Christina Nagel, ARD Studio Moscow


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