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Fire rages at Almaty administration building in Kazakhstan as protests continue

Telegraph, 06 Jan 2022
Protesters in Kazakhstan's largest city stormed the presidential residence and the mayor's office Wednesday and set both on fire, according to news reports, as demonstrations sparked by a rise in fuel prices escalated sharply in the Central Asian nation.

Police reportedly fired on some protesters at the residence in Almaty before fleeing. They have clashed repeatedly with demonstrators in recent days, deploying water cannons in the freezing weather, and firing tear gas and concussion grenades.

The Kazakh Interior Ministry said eight police officers and national guard members were killed in the unrest and more than 300 were injured. No figures on civilian casualties were released.

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/01/05/kazakhstan-crisis-exposes-fragility-heart-putins-authoritarian/

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