5 Jan 2022

Kazakhstan: Government resigns amid violent fuel price protests

International Editor

In Kazakhstan, local media are reporting that eight members of the security services have been killed on the fourth day of protests.

Demonstrators are also reported to have  entered the airport in the city of Almaty.

The protests were sparked by anger over rising fuel prices, but soon escalated into national anti-government demonstrations.

It began on 2 January in the western oil producing province of Mangystau, spreading quickly on to the country’s largest city Almaty, where police and protesters clashed in the main square.

Demonstrators also took to the streets of the capital of Nur-Sultan in what has now become the biggest protest movement in Kazakhstan’s post-Soviet Union history.