Ministry of Foreign Affairs “There is no damage to Koreans in Kazakhstan… I wish you peace.”

Protesters set fire to a city hall building in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where large-scale protests have erupted over fuel price hikes on the 6th (local time). Almaty | Reuters Yonhap News

Amid large-scale anti-government protests in Kazakhstan, it has been confirmed that there have been no injuries to Koreans residing in the country.

An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on the 8th, “It is confirmed that there is no damage to the Korean people in Kazakhstan.” The official said, “It is regrettable that the protests in major cities including Almaty and Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan are causing casualties. “The government will closely monitor the situation in Kazakhstan and continue to take necessary support and measures for the safety of citizens living abroad,” he added.

In Kazakhstan, large-scale anti-government protests have continued for the sixth day in the largest city of Almaty. The number of casualties is increasing as the military and police forcefully suppressed large-scale anti-government protests triggered by soaring fuel costs. President Kassim-Jomart Tokayev said in a public address on the same day that the protesters were called ‘murderers’ and that the military had allowed the military to aim fire without warning.

According to the TAS and Interfax news agency, Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry (Police) Public Affairs Office announced on the afternoon of the 7th (local time) that “3,811 protesters have been arrested across the country so far,” and “26 people were killed and the same number was injured.” There were also many casualties among the riot police. The Ministry of Interior said on the 6th that “18 security personnel were killed in the process of securing order and 748 police officers and soldiers of the National Guard were injured.”

Amid the continuing clash between the police and the protesters, troops from the former Soviet bloc’s security alliance, including the Russian paratroopers, were dispatched to the site, and the West demanded an end to the “violence” perpetrated in Kazakhstan. is showing

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who is the head of the European Union’s administration, visited France on the same day and urged an end to the violence, saying “the situation in Kazakhstan is very concerned” during a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blincoln questioned the background to the deployment of the Russian military and said: “We are monitoring the situation with genuine concern and are urging everyone to find a peaceful solution.” State Department spokeswoman Ned Price warned that “the United States and the world will see what kind of human rights violations occur[in Kazakhstan].”

In contrast, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) said in an oral message to Kazakh President Tokayev Tokayev, “Your decisive and powerful measures at an important time to quickly rectify the situation are your responsibilities and duties as a politician and a high degree of responsibility towards the state and people. We have embodied a position that exists,” he expressed support.

Reference-www.khan.co.kr

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