Kazakhstan’s crisis.. Arrest of the dismissed head of the State Security and the headquarters of the ruling party are being destroyed

Today, Saturday, the Kazakh State Security announced the arrest of the dismissed head of the service, Karim Masimov, on charges of treason, while the ruling party said that its headquarters in most of the country’s main cities were destroyed and burned, in light of the unrest and confrontations in Kazakhstan, which resulted in deaths, injuries and detainees, which necessitated the use of military support by the authorities. externally led by Russia.

The State Security Service said – in a statement – that Masimov was arrested the day before yesterday, Thursday, after his immediate dismissal, and that other political and security figures were also arrested, and their names were not revealed yet for the necessities of the investigation, according to the statement.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had dismissed the head of the State Security Service at the start of the unrest that erupted last Sunday, and according to official statistics, 26 people were killed and 18 others were injured.

Masimov previously held many government positions, most notably the head of the government, and after the resignation of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev – who retained for himself the presidency of the National Security Council and the title of leader of the nation – Masimov was appointed head of the State Security Service, and Masimov is considered a close associate of former President Nazarbayev.

ruling party

On the other hand, the “Nour Watan” party (the party in Kazakhstan) said that its headquarters in most major cities were destroyed and burned.

On Friday, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that what he described as terrorists carried out attacks on Almaty in 6 stages, stressing that the country faced “well-trained terrorist groups abroad.”

Tokayev added that what he called the constitutional system has been restored in most of it, declaring his refusal to dialogue with the demonstrators, whom he described as terrorists.

The Kazakh president said that he ordered his forces to shoot dead, to quell the unrest that swept across the largest countries of Central Asia, adding in a speech broadcast on state television that “about 20,000 bandits attacked the city of Almaty and destroyed state property.”

The Ministry of Interior said that about 4,266 people – including foreigners – were arrested during the continuous security operations throughout the country, to confront the unrest that erupted more than a week ago, after protests broke out over the increase in fuel prices at the beginning of the new year, before it developed into riots against the regime.

The Sputnik agency of Kazakhstan said that shooting and clashes took place in the city of Kyzlarda (southern of the country), and the Russian RIA Novosti agency reported that the shooting was continuing in the center of Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.

External support

On the other hand, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the CSTO forces took control of Almaty airport, and then placed it under the control of the Kazakh security forces.

Today, 20 military cargo planes will continue to transport Russian forces and their equipment to Kazakhstan, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazakh Tokayev held a call in which they discussed joint measures within the mandate of the Collective Security Organization to combat terrorism, the Kremlin announced.

The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the statements of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken regarding the peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan, describing them as blunt.

The ministry said the CSTO had responded to an appeal by the government of Kazakhstan to help ensure security.

And Blinken said – at a press conference in Washington – “There is a lesson from modern history that once the Russians enter a country, getting them out is sometimes very difficult.”

A military transport plane carrying troops and equipment from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan to help the authorities end the (European) unrest

In a related context, the Ministry of Defense of Kyrgyzstan, neighboring Kazakhstan, said yesterday, Friday, that it had sent 150 soldiers, 8 armored vehicles and 11 vehicles loaded with equipment to its neighbor within the peacekeeping force of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

A ministry statement explained that the task of the soldiers is to protect facilities of special and strategic importance in Kazakhstan.

international invitations

International calls for de-escalation and a peaceful solution to the crisis in Kazakhstan have increased. The Kremlin said that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu briefs President Putin continuously on the operations of the Collective Security Treaty Organization forces in Kazakhstan.

Kristana Hoffmann, deputy spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, said that her government is monitoring developments in Kazakhstan and urging the parties concerned to stop the escalation and find a peaceful solution.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also expressed the European Union’s concern over the developments, and called for ensuring the rights and security of citizens in Kazakhstan.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price had expressed his country’s concern over the events in Kazakhstan, and said it would closely monitor any human rights violations by the CSTO forces in the country.

The US State Department has approved the voluntary departure of non-essential employees of its consulate in Almaty with their family members, and the Department has spoken of the possibility that events could develop rapidly in a manner that could turn violent.

In turn, China announced its support for the Russia-led CSTO countries to send peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan, saying that it “supports all efforts of the Kazakh authorities to end the unrest as soon as possible.”



Reference-www.aljazeera.net

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