Protesters seized the residence of the president of Kazakhstan in Alma-Ata

Protesters on January 5 seized the Almaty residence of Kazakhstani President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, local media report.

As noted by the portal zakon.kz earlier on Wednesday hundreds of people tried to storm the building.

In addition, it became known that the sounds of gunfire could be heard near the residence. Later, the building caught fire.

The situation in cities in Kazakhstan on Wednesday escalated. Thus, in Pavlodar, protesters broke through to the building of the regional administration. In Almaty, protesters broke into the administration building, after which it caught fire. Attempts to attack administrations were made in several other cities in Kazakhstan.

Also, protesters in Alma-Ata set fire to the prosecutor’s office, the office of the ruling party, and the president’s residence. There have also been clashes between protesters and police in the city center.

According to the commandant of the city, head of the police department, Kanat Taymerdenov, 500 civilians, including 130 women and elderly people, were injured during the unrest in Alma-Ata. He also noted that 120 cars were burned in the city, including 33 ambulances and fire trucks.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that at least 40 people had been hospitalized, seven of whom were in intensive care.

Previously, amid the mass unrest, Tokayev signed a decree dismissing the government. Also, the head of the republic imposed the state of emergency in Alma-Ata, Nur-Sultan, Alma-Ata and Mangistau regions. He will be in effect in these regions from January 5 to January 19.

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