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Kazakhstan President Says Forces Can Shoot To Kill

Violent clashed between protestors and security forces broke out this week

Security forces in Kazakhstan have been authorized to shoot to kill by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

Violent street protests broke out across the Central Asian nation this week.

Initially, protestors took to the streets to peacefully demonstrate after gas prices doubled. General discontent and opposition to the authoritarian government then became the focus of the increasingly brutal face-offs.

President Tokayev gave a televised speech on Jan. 7, referring to those involved as “terrorists,” “bandits,” and “militants.” 

“I have given the order to law enforcement and the army to shoot to kill without warning,” Tokayev said. “Those who don’t surrender will be eliminated.”

“Terrorists continue to damage property… and use weapons against civilians. I have given the order to law enforcement to shoot to kill without warning,” he said.

Tokayev said calls from Western nations to negotiate with protestors as “idiotic.” he said he would not hold talks with “criminals and murderers.”

“Terrorists continue to damage property… and use weapons against civilians. I have given the order to law enforcement to shoot to kill without warning,”

Internet and cellphone service have been repeatedly disrupted, and several airports closed amid the conflict. The Amalty airport was taken over by protestors and recovered by federal forces, according to a statement from Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov. 

Russia deployed paratroopers to the nation after a request from Tokayev earlier this week after he declared a state of emergency.

Russia Sends Paratroopers to Kazakhstan Following Request From Its President

The Kazakh president thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his support during his address.

At least 26 protestors and 19 law enforcement officers were killed during the unrest.

Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry reported on Jan. 7 that 26 more protestors had been injured — as had 700 officers. He also announced that more than 3,800 people have been detained by police.

The protests are the biggest threat so far to the regime established by Kazakhstan’s founding president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who stepped down in 2019 and hand-picked Tokayev as his successor,” reports CBS News. “Tokayev tried to head off further unrest by announcing the resignation of the cabinet early on Wednesday, but protests continued.”

Kazakhstan borders both Russia and China. It has significant reserves of oil, natural gas, uranium and precious metals  — giving the nation political and economic strength. 

“Despite Kazakhstan’s vast resource wealth, discontent over poor living conditions is strong in some parts of the country, reports AP News. “Many Kazakhs also chafe at the dominance of the ruling party, which holds more than 80% of the seats in parliament.”

President Xi Jinping praised Tokayev for having “decisively taken strong measures at critical moments and quickly calming down the situation.” 

“As a fraternal neighbor and a long-term strategic partner, China is willing to provide necessary support within its means to Kazakhstan to help it get over this difficult period,” Xi said in a statement.

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7 responses to “Kazakhstan President Says Forces Can Shoot To Kill”

  1. HerrDoktor says:

    I’m taking bets on how long until democrats take this as a signal to treat protesters they don’t like this way.

  2. Masshole says:

    If Trump gave this sort of order to deployed forces during the year of BLM riots, there would have been a lot fewer dead people and a lot less property damage.

  3. Devilsgun says:

    Dude has that typical Socialist Authoritarian toad-person look

    Government is where assholes and losers go to drain off of productive people

  4. Moiseevy1 says:

    Damn this dude has a cheap face lift

  5. PresidentJ says:

    So China praises the response of Kazakhstan but remember last year when China made fun of us for protecting our communities from rioters?

  6. Devon says:

    So , a post communist country that’s rich with oil and rare minerals had a revolution of sorts . It then proceeds to ask one communist country for help , tells its security to shoot to kill , and yet another communist country says ” Ada boy ” . Then I look at Ukraine. Seems like the commies are getting the band back together for a reunion tour.

    If I where a betting man ,I’d say in the next few years they roll up the areas they need due to resources and moving said resources , Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan etc. When that’s finished up , close to 28-30 , they start fucking with Europe Hella hard while American is left wondering if it should chop its disk off or not . We are interested too distracted to do anything about it , and I doubt there is any sort of leadership that would pay attention to that instead of the ridiculous culture war slop we find ourselves wallering in .

    Idk man , I’m starting to think they are going to succeed

  7. ernie_c says:

    When Xi is giving you praise on your shot-to-kill order, you are an authoritarian murderous dictator.

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