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Kazakhstan’s government resigns, president declares ’emergency’ after massive protest in capital city

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On Wednesday, the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan reported an Anti-government protest where several protesters stormed the mayor’s office, which was late set on fire.

Entire city covered with tear gas, stun grenades

As reported by BBC, in several other cities in the country covered with tear gas and stun grenades, the president has promised a tough response, calling the protests a “black period” in the country’s history.

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Kazakhstan President accepts Government Resignation

According to a report by CNN, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev accepted the government’s resignation on Wednesday 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. Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on LPG because of its low cost,” the report stated.

Further, President Tokayev ordered to reinstate the price controls on LPG, while also broadening them to gasoline, diesel and other “socially important” consumer goods, the report added.

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In the midst of Nation-scale Internet blackout

The report further added that, since Tuesday, the internet services in the country have been disrupted and by Wednesday, internet monitoring group NetBlocks reported that Kazakhstan was “in the midst of a nation-scale internet blackout”.

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