Thousands of people took to the streets in several cities to protest against the government’s decision to increase petrol prices in Kazakhstan.
According to the International News Agency, thousands of people in Kazakhstan staged city-to-city protests against the government’s ban on demonstrations and the rise in petrol prices.
It should be noted that in the former Soviet Union countries, organizers of public protests have to obtain prior permission from the government, otherwise the protest will be declared illegal and severe action will be taken.
The series of protests began on January 2 when LPG prices were raised. Protesters demanded that the price of LPG be reduced from 120 tonne to half or at least the same as last year.
The police surrounded the central square in Almaty’s largest city where there was a large number of protesters when the mobile internet was also jammed to stop protests.