Thousands of Kazakh protesters armed with clubs and metal bars have stormed a mayor’s office as police hit back with stun grenades and tear gas amid unprecedented unrest over soaring gas prices.

Explosions were heard in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s biggest city, after demonstrators gathered at a square near the mayor’s building.

An Instagram live stream by a blogger showed a fire blazing in the office and gunshots could be heard nearby during the violent scenes.

Riot police block a street to prevent demonstrators during violent clashes in Kazakhstan's biggest city of Almaty

Riot police block a street to prevent demonstrators during violent clashes in Kazakhstan's biggest city of Almaty

Riot police block a street to prevent demonstrators during violent clashes in Kazakhstan’s biggest city of Almaty

Explosions were heard in Almaty after demonstrators gathered at a square near the mayor's building

Explosions were heard in Almaty after demonstrators gathered at a square near the mayor's building

Explosions were heard in Almaty after demonstrators gathered at a square near the mayor’s building

Security forces failed to stop the protesters, some of whom were riding in a large truck through the city square, from entering the administrative building. 

The state of emergency was declared by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as he accepted the resignation of his government over the rising fuel costs.

The move includes an 11pm to 7am curfew, movement restrictions, and a ban on mass gatherings, according to documents published on the president’s website. 

Atameken, Kazakhstan’s business lobby group, said members were reporting cases of attacks on banks, stores and restaurants.

Kazakhstan is a tightly controlled country which cultivates an image of political stability, helping it attract hundreds of billions of dollars of foreign investment in its oil and metals industries over three decades of independence.

City authorities urged residents to stay home, saying that the law enforcement operation was continuing.

Security forces failed to stop the protesters, some of whom were riding in a large truck through the city square

Security forces failed to stop the protesters, some of whom were riding in a large truck through the city square

Security forces failed to stop the protesters, some of whom were riding in a large truck through the city square

Kazakh law enforcement officers are seen on a barricade during a protest triggered by fuel price increase in Almaty

Kazakh law enforcement officers are seen on a barricade during a protest triggered by fuel price increase in Almaty

Kazakh law enforcement officers are seen on a barricade during a protest triggered by fuel price increase in Almaty

A Kazakh police officer sits inside a police van with a broken window during the latest round of protests

A Kazakh police officer sits inside a police van with a broken window during the latest round of protests

A Kazakh police officer sits inside a police van with a broken window during the latest round of protests

The protests began after the government lifted price controls on liquefied petroleum gas at the start of the year. 

Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on LPG because of its low cost.

After the surge, petrol prices have now been lowered to 50 Kazakh tenge, equivalent to 8.5 pence, at half the market rate. 

But this has failed to quell the rage against the government and the ongoing protests.

Speaking to acting cabinet members, Tokayev ordered them and provincial governors to reinstate price controls on LPG, and broaden them to gasoline, diesel and other ‘socially important’ consumer goods.

He also ordered the government to develop a personal bankruptcy law and consider freezing utilities’ prices and subsidising rent payments for poor families.

The protests began after the government lifted price controls on liquefied petroleum gas at the start of the year

The protests began after the government lifted price controls on liquefied petroleum gas at the start of the year

The protests began after the government lifted price controls on liquefied petroleum gas at the start of the year

Kazakhstan is a tightly controlled country which cultivates an image of political stability

Kazakhstan is a tightly controlled country which cultivates an image of political stability

Kazakhstan is a tightly controlled country which cultivates an image of political stability

City authorities urged residents to stay home, saying that the law enforcement operation was continuing

City authorities urged residents to stay home, saying that the law enforcement operation was continuing

City authorities urged residents to stay home, saying that the law enforcement operation was continuing

He said the situation was improving in protest-hit cities and towns, including Almaty and the surrounding province, where the authorities declared a state of emergency with a curfew and movement restrictions.

In addition to replacing the prime minister, Tokayev also appointed a new first deputy head of the National Security Committee who replaced Samat Abish, a nephew of powerful ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev, 81, a Soviet-era Communist Party boss, ran Kazakhstan for almost 30 years before resigning abruptly in 2019 and backing Tokayev as successor. Nazarbayev retains sweeping powers as the chairman of the security council; he has not convened the council or commented on this week’s violence.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has declared a two-week state of emergency in the Central Asian nation's biggest city Almaty and in the western Mangistau province where protests turned violent, his office said early on Wednesday.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has declared a two-week state of emergency in the Central Asian nation's biggest city Almaty and in the western Mangistau province where protests turned violent, his office said early on Wednesday.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has declared a two-week state of emergency in the Central Asian nation’s biggest city Almaty and in the western Mangistau province where protests turned violent, his office said early on Wednesday.

Police fired tear gas and stun grenades in a bid to break up an unprecedented thousands-strong march in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city, after protests that began over fuel prices threatened to spiral out of control

Police fired tear gas and stun grenades in a bid to break up an unprecedented thousands-strong march in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city, after protests that began over fuel prices threatened to spiral out of control

Police fired tear gas and stun grenades in a bid to break up an unprecedented thousands-strong march in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, after protests that began over fuel prices threatened to spiral out of control

A police car was set on fire on fire during clashes between protesters and law enforcement in the centre of Almaty, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

A view shows a burning police car during a protest against LPG cost rise following the Kazakh authorities' decision to lift price caps on liquefied petroleum gas in Almaty, Kazakhstan January 5, 2022

A view shows a burning police car during a protest against LPG cost rise following the Kazakh authorities' decision to lift price caps on liquefied petroleum gas in Almaty, Kazakhstan January 5, 2022

A view shows a burning police car during a protest against LPG cost rise following the Kazakh authorities’ decision to lift price caps on liquefied petroleum gas in Almaty, Kazakhstan January 5, 2022

The protests began in the oil-producing western province of Mangistau on Sunday, after LPG prices more than doubled following the lifting of caps.

A source familiar with the situation said some workers at Mangistaumunaigas, a Kazakh-Chinese oil-producing joint venture based in the Mangistau province, were on strike, although this was not affecting output so far.

Tokayev declared the emergency in Almaty and Mangistau and has said that domestic and foreign provocateurs were behind the violence.

Separately, the interior ministry said that in addition to Almaty, government buildings were attacked in the southern cities of Shymkent and Taraz overnight, with 95 police officers wounded in clashes. Police have detained more than 200 people.

Almaty mayor Bakytzhan Sagintayev said in an address to residents that the situation in the city was under control and security forces were detaining ‘provocateurs and extremists’.

Dollar-denominated bonds issued by Kazakhstan came under pressure as traders reacted to the unrest. The 2045 bond fell nearly 1 cent in early trade to 141.24 cents in the dollar, its lowest level in three months, Refinitiv data showed.  

Source: dailymail

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