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Kazakhstan: This is what a real insurrection looks like

Kazakh government troops move on protesters in Almaty.
by WorldTribune Staff, January 7, 2022

The president of Kazakhstan issued a shoot-to-kill order after citizens protesting the government's lifting its price cap on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) rioted in the streets of the nation's largest city Almaty and reportedly began rounding up government security forces.

Russia reportedly sent in some 2,500 troops at the request of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to assist in putting down the unrest.

Dozens of protesters have been killed, hundreds hospitalized and thousands jailed, according to reports.

Protests that began as a response to the increase in fuel prices became a broad movement against former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who stepped aside in 2019 after decades in office but, analysts say, has remained the real power in Kazakhstan.

Mukhtar Ablyazov, a former banker and government minister who is leader of an opposition movement called Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan, said the West needed to enter the fray.

"If not, then Kazakhstan will turn into Belarus and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin will methodically impose his program — the recreation of a structure like the Soviet Union," Ablyazov told Reuters. "The West should tear Kazakhstan away from Russia."

"Russia has already entered, sent in troops. CSTO is Russia. This is an occupation by Russia," he said.

This is what a real insurrection looks like:
 

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