Kazakh leader declares ‘coup d’etat’ over as Putin claims victory
Al Jazeera, 11 Jan 2022
After more than 160 people died in the most violent unrest since Kazakhstan’s independence more than 30 years ago, its president on Monday described protests as an “attempted coup d’etat” as Russia claimed victory in defending its Central Asian neighbour.
Speaking to an online meeting of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said order had been restored in the vast, Central Asian nation.
Scores of citizens and more than a dozen security forces personnel were killed last week as dissent that began over fuel prices swelled, while nearly 8,000 people were arrested.
Al Jazeera’s Robin Forestier-Walker reports.
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