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Kazakhstan death toll spikes as 164 reported killed and thousands detained in violent protests

Deadly protests that erupted in in the Central Asian nation in latest days have seen the government resign and the declaration of a state of emergency as troops from a Russia-led navy alliance have been deployed to assist include the unrest.

The death toll — a big enhance from Friday’s depend of 44 — was introduced Sunday on state-run TV channel Khabar 24, citing the Kazakhstan Ministry of Health.

The unrest is the most important problem but to autocratic Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s rule, with preliminary public anger over a spike in gas costs increasing to wider discontent with the federal government over corruption, residing requirements, poverty and unemployment in the oil-rich, former Soviet nation, human rights organizations report.

At least 5,135 folks have up to now been detained for alleged participation in Kazakhstan protests, Kazakh state media reported Sunday, citing the nation’s Internal Affairs Ministry. Meanwhile, police have opened some 125 felony circumstances associated to incidences of violence, together with on the fees of violence, homicide, theft, state media reported.

CNN has been unable to confirm the federal government’s claims.

“Peacekeeping” forces from member states of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have absolutely deployed to Kazakhstan and at the moment are utterly operational throughout the nation, CSTO commander basic Andrey Sedyukov advised a information briefing on Sunday.

The CSTO — which incorporates Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan — deployed forces following an an appeal from Tokayev for assist from the alliance after unrest broke out throughout Kazakhstan on Wednesday, together with in the biggest metropolis, Almaty.
Kazakh law enforcement officers are seen on a barricade during a protest triggered by fuel price increase in Almaty on January 5.

Sedyukov stated the forces are “performing tasks to protect important military, state and socially significant facilities in the city of Almaty and adjacent area,” and will stay in the nation till the state of affairs is “fully stabilized.”

High-profile officers, together with the nation’s former head of Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee Karim Massimov, have been detained on suspicion of treason, state media reviews.

The European Union has made clear it “strongly condemns” the widespread acts of violence in Kazakhstan and outdoors navy help “should respect the sovereignty and independence” of the nation, EU international coverage chief Josep Borrell stated in an announcement on Saturday.

“We deeply regret the loss of life and strongly condemn the widespread acts of violence,” he stated.

“Outside military support should respect the sovereignty and independence of Kazakhstan as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens,” he added.

CNN’s Radina Gigova, Zahra Ullah, Arnaud Siad and Olga Pavlova contributed reporting.

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