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Kazakh president declares victory over protesters: 5,800 detained, 164 killed

Source: Yonhap News

It is reported that the massive bloody protests that occurred in Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan, are entering a phase of silence.

President Kassim-Jomart Tokayev has declared victory in the bloody clash with protesters protesting corruption and poverty, according to Bloomberg News.

In addition, the Kazakh government detained about 5,800 people, including foreigners, after the protests broke out, and the law enforcement authorities said that they were cracking down on them across the country.

Deputy Mayor of Almaty, Jerjan Babukumarov, said earlier that “the situation is generally stable” and that “the tension is continuing as resistance from some militants is still occurring.”

According to the government of Kazakhstan, the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) peacekeepers have secured key Kazakhstan infrastructure.

At the request of Kazakhstan, the CSTO has dispatched 2,500 peacekeepers, and the Russian Ministry of Defense has dispatched 75 aircraft to Kazakhstan to help retake Almaty Airport.

The death toll after the protests was 164, including two children, and 103 were killed in Almaty, the largest city alone, Sputnik news agency reported, citing Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Health.

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