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Kazakhstan: Continued repair efforts tackle extensive damage at Almaty mayor’s building

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The restoration of an Almaty administrative building damaged during the fuel protests continued, as footage from Wednesday shows.

A fire erupted during the deadly protests at the Almaty mayor’s office (Akimat) damaging the building extensively. The repairs began on January 13.

The unrest in Kazakhstan started after anti-government rallies began in the Mangistau region on January 2, as prices of LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) rose from 60 to 120 tenge (€0.12 to €0.24; $0.14 to $0.28) per litre since January 1. The price hike came after the government lifted price controls on LPG, citing a need to liberalise the market.

According to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Health, over 1,300 people were been injured during the unrest, and almost 400 were hospitalised. The official number of those detained, provided by the country’s Interior Ministry, is over 10,000.

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