Intense shooting in Kazakhstan's Almaty as riots continue

  06 January 2022    Read: 381
Intense shooting in Kazakhstan

Shooting has started in Kazakhstan's Almaty, where riots have been going on for several days, reports citing TASS. 

Eyewitnesses said that strong explosions were heard from the square in Almaty.

Kazakhstan's government announced late Jan. 4 that it was restoring some price caps on liquefied petroleum gas, after the rare protests reached Almaty following a sharp rise in the price of the fuel at the start of the year.

Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on LPG, which is far cheaper than gasoline as a vehicle fuel in Kazakhstan because of price caps. But the government argued that the low price was unsustainable and lifted the caps on Jan. 1.

After the price of the fuel spiked, big demonstrations erupted on Jan. 2 in certain parts of the country. Public protests are illegal in the country unless their organizers file a notice in advance. Following the development of the situation, the government declared a state of emergency all over the country.

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