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Kazakhstan protests: Violence erupts as Russian paratroopers brought in to quell uprising

CA, 07 Jan 2022
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Fresh violence erupted in Kazakhstan's main city on Thursday after Russia rushed in paratroopers overnight to put down a countrywide uprising in one of Moscow's closest former Soviet allies.

Police in the main city Almaty said they had killed dozens of rioters overnight. The authorities said at least 18 members of the security forces had died, including two found decapitated. More than 2,000 people had been arrested.

On Wednesday, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev accepted the Kazakhstan government's resignation after a fuel price increase in the oil-producing Central Asian country triggered protests in which nearly 100 police were injured.

The protests began after the government lifted price controls on liquefied petroleum gas at the start of the year.

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