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President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, following a meeting with the heads of the republic's law enforcement agencies, instructed to reform the national security system and create Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the country. This was reported by the press service of the head of state.
In addition, Tokayev instructed to establish the number of deaths among the population during the riots in Kazakhstan and develop a new regulatory framework for coordinating the actions of security forces in critical situations.
“The President stressed the importance of preventing the violation of the rights of citizens during the anti-terrorist operation and conducting investigative actions,” — the press service noted.
Protests in Kazakhstan began at the beginning of this year after a doubling of the price of liquefied gas— from 60 to 120 tenge (from 10 to 20 rubles). A few days later, spontaneous rallies turned into clashes with law enforcement officers, the seizure of administrative buildings and looting.
Against this background, Tokayev declared a state of emergency and announced the start of an anti-terrorist operation. The President of the republic turned to the CSTO countries for help, which already on January 9 completed the deployment of a peacekeeping contingent in the country. The withdrawal of troops of the joint group began on January 13.
According to the authorities, about 1,300 enterprises and organizations, more than 100 shopping centers and banks were affected by the unrest in the country, about 500 police cars were burned, and the total economic damage could amount to $ 2&ndash 3 billion. 2,265 people applied for medical help. The exact number of deaths is unknown. The Russian embassy reported the death of one Russian woman during the protests.
After the protests, 9.9 thousand people were detained in Kazakhstan. 494 criminal cases were initiated, of which 44 cases were initiated on acts of terrorism, 34— on riots and 15— by murders. There are 524 violators in temporary detention centers, the courts arrested another 412, the Prosecutor General's Office specified.
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