Kazakh President gives shoot to kill orders against violent protesters 

– 26 killed in security forces operation 
– China supports action against protestors  
– Russian army arrives in Nur-Sultan 

Nur-Sultan / Moscow – The ones attacking security forces, destructing national property and creating chaos are not demonstrators but terrorists, accused Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. President Tokayev ordered shoot to kill such terrorists as soon as they were sighted. In the action taken 24 hours ago, 26 people have been killed and more than 3,000 detained by the security forces in Kazakhstan. Against that backdrop, President Tokayev has taken an uncompromising stand.   

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Moreover, this is the first time such large-scale violent demonstrations have occurred in Kazakhstan since it exited Soviet Russia three decades ago. Demonstrators had launched attacks on President’s residence and government buildings and police stations. Eighteen men of Kazakh security forces were killed therein. Besides, at least 26 people were killed and 18 others were injured in action taken by security forces after President Tokayev’s issued an emergency.  

According to the information provided by Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Interior Affairs, three thousand people have been detained and over 700 soldiers were injured in the attacks of the demonstrators. As President Tokayev shut down the internet service, no exact information of the demonstrations in Kazakhstan could surface, says Western media.  

After Thursday’s violence, while addressing Kazakhstan on Friday, President Tokayev called for an end to the violence. He announced to lower the fuel prices than ever before. Tokayev also assured that no action would be taken against the surrendering demonstrators, henceforth. However, the President of Kazakhstan ordered to shoot the terrorists insisting on violence as soon as they were seen. China has backed the Kazakhstan President’s crackdown against the demonstrators amid criticism from the United States and Europe.  

Furthermore, this news of terrible violence ongoing in Almaty has been reported in the largest city of Kazakhstan. The International News Agency has claimed that there were explosions and firings in some places. A ‘red alert’ has since been issued across Kazakhstan. Squads from Russia-led former Soviet Union’s Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have begun arriving in the capital, Nur-Sultan, to handle the situation in Kazakhstan.  

A large contingent of Russian troops has landed in Kazakhstan with military vehicles, and an Armenian delegation will land in Kazakhstan in the next few hours.  

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