Dozens of police cars destroyed during protests in Alma-Ata

Protesters in Alma-Ata have damaged police vehicles, some of which can no longer be restored.

Local residents with rebar, sticks and stones, as well as with their bare hands, attacked the law enforcement equipment. It is noted that the main mass of the protesters has already been dispersed.

Earlier, it was reported that a police car exploded at a demonstration in the city center, while several other cars were on fire. In turn, eyewitnesses said that the law enforcers dispersed the crowd with stun grenades and tear gas.

Clashes between security forces and demonstrators broke out on Tuesday night. A total of about a thousand people gathered on the Republic Square in Almaty.

Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency in Almaty and Mangistau region. It will be in force in these regions from January 5 to January 19.

For this period in the city will be prohibited mass events and strikes, sale of weapons, ammunition and alcohol. Natural persons bearing arms will have them confiscated for the period of the state of emergency. In addition, there will be a curfew from 11:00 am to 07:00 am.

Earlier on Tuesday, the President of Kazakhstan made a televised address in connection with the unsanctioned rallies in the country, urging Kazakhstanis to show common sense and not to respond to provocations. He called the calls of the protesters to attack the civil and military departments of Kazakhstan absolutely illegal.

The situation in Kazakhstan deteriorated after the January 2 residents of the cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau took to the streets calling for lower fuel prices. The cost of gas in Kazakhstan since January 1, doubled – from 60 to 120 tenge per liter.