A post in English “about six waves of attack on Almaty”, in which “20 thousand terrorists” took part, has disappeared from the verified Twitter account of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev.
Also, a post was removed from the thread, in which there were the following words: “I believe that no negotiations with terrorists can be conducted, they must be killed.”
The rest of the posts in this thread , published on the evening of January 7, remained in place, the Dozhd TV channel reports .
Tokayev also spoke about “20 thousand attacked Almaty” in a televised address shown on January 7 in the afternoon. However, then he called the attackers on Almaty not terrorists, but bandits. Also in a televised address, Tokayev said that he had ordered the army and law enforcement agencies “without warning” to shoot to kill “terrorists”.
In Kazakhstan, due to the increase in gas fuel prices, protests began in January, covering a significant part of the country, including Almaty. Against the backdrop of protests, the government of the republic was dismissed, a state of emergency and a curfew were introduced.
The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, appealed to the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) with a request to send peacekeepers to the country. As of January 8, peacekeeping units from Russia, Belarus and Armenia arrived in Kazakhstan.