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Kazakhstan: Drone footage captures administration building scorched during Almaty protests

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Drone footage from Almaty captured smoke rising from the local administration building that had been set on fire during fuel protests, as seen on Friday.

Columns of smoke rose from the smouldering administration building and the state television and radio broadcasting building.

The unrest in Kazakhstan started after unauthorized 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 liberalize the market.

According to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Health, over 1,300 people have been injured during the ongoing protests, and almost 400 have been hospitalized. The official number of those detained, provided by the country’s Interior Ministry, is over 10000.

Authorities in Kazakhstan have previously claimed that 164 people were killed in the unrest, including 103 in Almaty, later however refuting this number due to “technical mistake”. On Thursday, the Collective Security Council started sending forces to Kazakhstan to assist with law enforcement at the request of Kazakhstan’s President Tokayev.

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