Kazakhstan President Kasım Cömert Tokayev stated that the constitutional order was restored in all regions of the country.
According to the statement made by the press service of the Presidency of Kazakhstan, Tokayev held a meeting with the authorities on the issue of striving against terrorism.
In his speech after the meeting, Tokayev stated that they started an operation against terrorism and mentioned that the law enforcement officers were working hard.
Tokayev said, “In general, the constitutional system has been restored in all regions of the country. Local authorities are monitoring the situation. But terrorists still continue to use weapons and damage citizens’ property. Therefore, the operation against terrorism will continue until the militants are completely destroyed. used the terms.
The statement also said, “The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) peacekeeping units have started to arrive in Kazakhstan. These troops came to the country for a finite respite to fulfill the function of protecting and protecting strategic places. ” he stated.
Statement from the Presidency
Dauren Abayev, Deputy Leader of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan, stated that the protests in the country started peacefully, and then they passed under the control of provocateurs.
In a statement to Kazakhstan television Habar-24, Abayev stated that the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) peacekeepers who came to the country will not participate in armed conflicts and said that these units will do their defense duty.
Noting that the system has been established in all regions of Kazakhstan, Abayev said, “At the moment, the search and finding of the remaining bandits continues. Many militants have been neutralized and captured. The identities of these people are being identified and their contacts with extremist organizations are being studied.”
“Snipers also took action”
Noting that the protests in the country were peaceful at first, Abayev said that “armed bandits and terrorists” led the crowd of demonstrators. “The voices of peaceful protesters were drowned out by the provocateurs’ calls for violence,” Abayev said.
Reminding that shops were looted during the protests, Abayev said, “A group of bandits was engaged in looting. The second group of terrorists raided gun shops. The invaders acted professionally. Some attempted to broadcast live on television. Barricades were set up in all the occupied places. Snipers with special weapons from terrorists.” He also took action,” he said.
The situation in Kazakhstan
The protests, which started on January 2, on the grounds of the increase in LPG in western Kazakhstan and the worsening of the socioeconomic situation, spread to other parts of the country. There were clashes between the security forces and the protesters during the demonstrations that turned into street events. Security forces intervened against the protesters, who set fire to police vehicles and military vehicles and entered government buildings.
President of Kazakhstan Kassym Cömert Tokayev accepted the resignation of the government, which he blames for the protests. As the protests spread, a state of emergency was declared.
Due to the current situation in the country, Tokayev sought help from the heads of the CSTO countries of which they are members. In line with the decision taken by the CSTO Collective Security Council, soldiers were sent to Kazakhstan.
The CSTO was established in 2002 as a mid-government military alliance by Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.