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Kazakhstan: Shoot Without Warning

Kazakhstan: Shoot Without Warning

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced a shoot without warning against those who were suspected terrorists. The president authorized the law enforcement with the order after many days of violent protests.

In a televised address, President Tokayev declares “I have given the order to law enforcement and the army to shoot to kill without warning. Those who don’t surrender will be eliminated.” This statement was in light of the current allegations that big terrorist groups took advantage of the protests to perform violent deeds against the people.

In a few days, the government have detained over 3000 protesters and reported 26 deaths and 18 injuries. On the law enforcement side, they have reported 18 casualties and 700 injured officers.

Recently, the government lifted its price cap of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) products. The government sighted that they can no longer subsidize LPG. Many of the population began protesting since the majority of them use LPG fueled cars. The prices essentially doubled after the removal of the price cap.

The government tries to make concessions announcing a 180-day price cap on LPG however the protests haven’t stopped.  The Collective Security Treaty Organization has begun deploying troops to assist the government in a peace-keeping mission.

Stay tuned for more updates on the situation in Kazakhstan.

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