President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev introduced a state of emergency in the Alma-Ata region due to the riots last night, RIA Novosti reported.
The previous evening, the head of state declared a state of emergency in Alma-Ata and the Mangystau region. Protesters are again gathering in the center of Alma-Ata. Some of the protesters use special vehicles, possibly belonging to the security forces.
It is specified that the state of emergency was introduced from 12:30 on January 5 to 00 hours on January 19. At that time
the region will have a curfew from 23:00 to seven in the morning. The state of emergency involves strengthening public order, restricting freedom of movement and banning mass events.
Earlier it was reported that over 200 people were detained in Kazakhstan during the riots.
On January 2, in a number of cities in the Mangistau region, residents took to the streets demanding to reduce fuel prices, which have doubled since the new year. As a result of the riots, nearly one hundred police officers were injured. 37 company cars were damaged. After that, the head of Kazakhstan dismissed the government and ordered to introduce state regulation of prices for liquefied gas and gasoline for six months.