Kazakhstan unrest: at least 154 killed in crackdown on protests, studies say - BBC information

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The BBC's Steve Rosenberg is in Kazakhstan's capital amid reports of a power battle fuelling the fresh unrest

at least 164 individuals have died in Kazakhstan right through violent anti-executive protests, in response to media experiences citing health officials.

If verified it could mark a pointy rise from the outdated determine of forty four deaths.

very nearly 6,000 americans have been arrested, including "a substantial variety of international nationals", Kazakhstan's presidential office pointed out on Sunday.

The demonstrations, caused via an increase in fuel expenses, turned into huge riots as they spread across the nation.

They begun on 2 January and grew to reflect discontent on the executive and former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led Kazakhstan for three decades and continues to be idea to retain giant have an impact on.

remaining week, troops from international locations including Russia were sent to Kazakhstan to assist restore order.

The presidential observation delivered that the circumstance had stabilised, with troops continuing "cleanup" operations and guarding "strategic facilities".

A state of emergency and a nationwide curfew remain in vicinity.

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Kazakhstan: The basics

the place is it? Kazakhstan shares borders with Russia to the north and China to the east. it is a big country the dimension of Western Europe.

Why does it count? A former Soviet republic which is particularly Muslim with a large Russian minority, it has great mineral materials, with 3% of international oil reserves and demanding coal and gas sectors.

Why is it making the news? gasoline riots, which have escalated to turn into broader protests in opposition t the executive, have resulted in resignations on the accurate and a bloody crackdown on protesters.

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within the capital, Nursultan, there are evident indications that protection has been tightened, says the BBC's Steve Rosenberg, with the doorway to the metropolis's Presidential Palace blocked.

there is a starting to be advice, our correspondent provides, that the fresh violence is linked to an influence combat inside Kazakhstan's ruling elite.

Some 103 fatalities within the latest violence have been reportedly often metropolis, Almaty.

The security forces noted they killed rioters in Almaty while making an attempt to restore order and that protesters had tried to take handle of police stations in the metropolis.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted "20,000 bandits" had attacked Almaty and that he had instructed security forces to "fireplace abruptly".

On Saturday, Kazakh authorities referred to the country's former intelligence chief Karim Massimov had been arrested on suspicion of treason. They gave no additional details.

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