In Kazakhstan, protesters seized Almaty airport (video)

Employees are being evacuated from the airport.Protests in Kazakhstan / illustration REUTERSProtests in Kazakhstan / illustration REUTERS

The airport in Almaty has been taken over by protesters.

This is reported by the Kazakh media with reference to eyewitnesses, Telegram-channel MaturZubi reports .

At the moment, employees are being evacuated from the airport.

“The passengers were told all day that the army was protecting the airport, the planes were flying in normal mode, and the check-in was in manual mode. Now the airport security service told us:“ Sorry, the airport has been captured. Flights today, will not be “, – he said Alisher Elikbaev blogger writes Orda.kz .

https://www.unian.net/player/7tzOsbp2Protesters seized the airport in Almaty

It is noted that Alisher Yelikbaev is in a hotel near the airport. He was supposed to take off at midnight. 

Protests in Kazakhstan

Protests have been held in Kazakhstan since January 2. People took to the streets of cities due to the rise in prices for liquefied gas . Citizens demand the resignation of the president, the government and oppose corruption. During the rallies, law enforcement officers use force against the protesters, hundreds of people are detained.

In connection with the protests, the country’s President Kassym-Zhomart  Tokayev accepted the resignation of the government . He decided to transfer the interim duties of prime minister to Alikhan Smailov.

In the capital of the country Nur-Sultan, the city of Almaty, Almaty and Mangistau regions  , a state of emergency was introduced from January 5 to 19 .

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry advises Ukrainians to refrain from visiting Kazakhstan because of the protests  .

Local Telegram channels report that the  protesters seized the presidential residence and other administrative buildings. According to unconfirmed information, Tokayev and his family were allegedly evacuated to Russia.

(C)UNIAN 2021

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