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Stabilization of Kazakh protests… Tokaev “Attempted coup by armed rebels”

Authorities “block the source of terrorist threats”… Visit Almaty, the center of disturbance

Putin: “Peacekeepers will be stationed as much as necessary…withdrawal after mission is over”

(Moscow = Yonhap News) Correspondent Yoo Cheol-jong = Local authorities announced on the 10th (local time) that the large-scale unrest in Kazakhstan in Central Asia, which has been ongoing since the 2nd, has entered a phase of stabilization.

However, it is known that counter-terrorism operations are still continuing in some cities, such as Almaty, the largest city where bloody clashes between large-scale protesters and riot police have occurred.

(Almaty Tas = Yonhap News) Janitors remove garbage from protests in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, on the 10th.

Kazakhstan authorities believe that the protests were led by extremist organizations at home and abroad, and have mobilized the military and police to carry out counter-terrorist operations to eradicate ‘terrorists’.

Leaders of the CSTO, the former Soviet security council, which dispatched 2,500 peacekeepers to the region to support the suppression of the unrest in Kazakhstan, held a video conference on the same day and discussed future countermeasures.

Kazakhstan President Kassim-Jomart Tokayev, at the CSTO video summit, described the incident as an attempt by armed rebels to coup d’état, and insisted that their ultimate goal was to destroy the constitutional order and collapse the government system.

“Terrorists, including foreign militants, were directly involved in the uprising,” he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting that the Kazakhstan leadership sent a peacekeeping force at the official request, claiming that the peacekeeping force had intercepted international terrorists.

He said peacekeepers would be stationed in Kazakhstan as long as necessary, but stressed that they would be withdrawn when their mission was over.

Prior to this, Kazakhstan’s National Security Council (KGB) public affairs office said on the same day that “the situation has stabilized and is under control.” “As a result of the counter-terrorism operation, the sources of terrorist threats were blocked, All government offices have been recaptured,” he said.

He added that the safety of key strategic facilities and arsenals has also been secured.

A government spokesperson said in an interview with the state-run Habar 24 TV show about the nature of the unrest, “It was identified as a hybrid terrorist attack aimed at destabilizing the overall situation and a national coup.”

Kazakhstan President Tokayev attends a CSTO video conference
Kazakhstan President Tokayev attends a CSTO video conference

(Almaty Tas = Yonhap News)

“It appears that there was some conspiracy by internal and certain external forces,” he said.

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said in a statement on the same day, “Members of Islamic extremist organizations with experience in fighting in conflict zones participated in this unrest.” appears to have been used.”

The local Ministry of Home Affairs said that as of that day, 7,939 people have been arrested for taking part in the unrest across the country.

Interfax news agency reported that the situation in Almaty, the center of the unrest, is gradually stabilizing, but counter-terrorism operations are continuing.

Public transport services resumed and the internet, which had been shut down for several days, was temporarily reopened, but tensions still persist as sirens are still heard in the city and military and police continue to check vehicles and residents, the news agency said. .

The state of emergency declared on the 5th and the night curfew are still in place, the news agency added.

In Kazakhstan, on the 2nd, residents of the western region, dissatisfied with the surge in fuel prices, poured out on the streets to protest, which subsequently escalated into a large-scale nationwide anti-government protest.

The Kazakh government declared a state of emergency and a night curfew across the country, and deployed military and police officers.

Since then, forces that appear to be extremist groups joined, and the protesters took over government offices and seized weapons. As a result, the government defined the protests as acts of terror led by extremist groups at home and abroad and began to suppress the protests with force. .

President Tokayev has allowed the military to aim and fire without warning at protesters during radical anti-government protests.

Sputnik news agency, citing the local Ministry of Health, reported that 164 people had been killed by the day before the protests, and 103 were killed in Almaty alone. It appears to include both protesters and military and police casualties.

A completely burned down car in Almaty
A completely burned down car in Almaty

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