The Kazakhstan Unrest

Latest Updates Of The Kazakhstan Unrest: ‘If You Protest Again, We’ll Kill You’

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The Kazakhstan Unrest Updates: Asel, who was shot in the violence and was being treated in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, described the terrifying incident. “If you go out to protest again, we will murder you,” one of them yelled. She believes the gunmen were members of the special police forces or security services, and that they were rounding up anybody who had participated in anti-government protests.

They attempted to carry Asel, but she was too seriously injured to walk. She, like many others, took part in what began as peaceful rallies against rising fuel prices in early January. Kazakhstan boasts some of the world’s largest oil reserves, but the vast majority of the people have no access to them. The protests swiftly devolved into widespread rioting and looting, resulting in the worst bloodshed in the former Soviet state’s 30-year history.

Authorities are accused of restoring order using disproportionate force. A total of 225 individuals were murdered, with many more injured. Authorities estimate that 10,000 individuals have been imprisoned as a result of the unrest. Asel, who is 57 years old, is concerned, as do many others, that she will be jailed and accused of taking part in the turmoil.

The prosecutor-office general in Kazakhstan has opened approximately 700 criminal cases. Terrorism, murder, and plotting to topple the government are among the charges leveled against some of those accused. Human rights organizations, on the other hand, claim that the government is repressing everyone who took part in the protests, including peaceful demonstrators. Even others who just expressed their support for the protests on Facebook have been jailed. Activists claim they will be beaten and tortured.

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Bakhytzhan Toregozhina, a human rights activist in Almaty, remarked, “There is no presumption of innocence.” Muratbek Yesengazy, an activist who took part in the protest in Almaty’s main square, has been charged with taking part in the violence. His lawyer told the BBC that he had been abused in custody, and images revealed bruising on his leg.

Officials categorically deny that any inmates have been abused or mistreated. Those who did not take part in the violence “need not be concerned,” Almaty Police Department spokesperson Saltanat Azirbek told the BBC, adding that they will be released after the facts were confirmed.

It’s still unclear how peaceful protests devolved into bloodshed. When people rallied on January 4th, the mood was initially joyous. They screamed political demands while singing Kazakhstan’s national anthem.

Timur Nusimbekov, a local journalist who observed the events unfold in Almaty, says, “The gathering was really heterogeneous.” Hipsters and young working folks coexisted.” When authorities used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the throng, the atmosphere began to shift, resulting in conflicts between police and demonstrators.

Tensions rose the next day, on January 5. Mr. Nusimbekov claims that several persons on Almaty’s square were armed with knives and hunting guns. It’s still unclear who these individuals were. “Well-trained men educated in fighting tactics” attacked officers, according to Ms. Azirbek of the Almaty police, with the goal of snatching their weapons.

Protesters on the scene blamed unknown provocateurs. “We demonstrated calmly,” Konay Abdiyev, one of the activists, told the BBC. We were powerless to stop them. They shattered windows and wrecked cars.

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