Eyewitnesses of the riots in Kazakhstan told about the situation in the country Local residents told RBC about the current situation in the cities of Kazakhstan, where riots have continued since January 2
The situation in the capital of Kazakhstan Nur-Sultan is now calm, but citizens are faced with disruptions in the work of the Internet and the banking system. Local resident Nursultan Kosherbayev told RBC about this.
“ They say that there are flight delays at the airport. Everyone, even the staff, was kicked out of the airport at 1 am yesterday [Jan 5]. Now the military is there, there are tanks, rapid reaction teams are walking around, '', & mdash; he said.
According to him, public transport operates in the capital, however, due to the fact that electronic payments do not work, those who have replenished transport cards use buses.
Also local residents cannot withdraw money, since only Halyk Bank operates in the entire capital, but there are huge queues and there is not enough money.
In addition, the post office does not work until January 10 and many shops. In open shops, only cash is accepted, despite the fact that due to the pandemic, many have switched to online payments and do not have cash, Kosherbayev said.
“ The day before, the Internet was cut off, it was not there for a day. Communication was mainly through SMS, calls every other time. Even landline phones do not work for everyone '', & mdash; says a resident of Nur-Sultan.
A resident of Alma-Ata told RBC that now there are a lot of police on the streets of the city. Despite the fact that with the introduction of the curfew there are fewer protests in the city, people continue to go out where there are fewer police officers. “I saw protesters on [streets] of Sain and Chaliapin,” & mdash; he added.
Natalya Kamneva, a resident of Astrakhan, whose husband works in the Kazakh village of Bautino (200 km from Aktau), where the seaport is located, told RBC that there were protests in Aktau on January 5, but there were no riots on the territory of the port.
“ The road between Bautino and Aktau has been dug up, shops are closed, there is no communication & lt; … & gt; today [January 6] at the exit from the port (village) there are military men, they are not letting in or letting out anyone, '', & mdash; noted Kamneva.
In Kazakhstan, on January 2, due to a sharp increase in gas prices, mass protests began, which later escalated into riots. In Alma-Ata, riot participants clashed with security officials. On January 5, the demonstrators broke into the city administration building, then attacked the police departments and the National Security Committee, and also seized the airport.
According to the police, 18 law enforcement officers were killed during the riots, two of them were found decapitated … In total, in Kazakhstan, as a result of the riots, more than 1,000 people were injured, of which about 400 were hospitalized, the Ministry of Health clarified.
Against this background, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev introduced a state of emergency in the country and announced the operations.
National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the country “ Atameken '' reported that, according to preliminary data, the total amount of damage from the riots in Kazakhstan is 40 billion tenge (about $ 91 million), in Alma-Ata & mdash; 39.5 billion tenge ($ 89.8 million).
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