Over 200 people detained in Kazakhstan for public order violations — interior ministry

Over 200 people detained in Kazakhstan for public order violations — interior ministry
# 05 January 2022 10:26 (UTC +04:00)

Law enforcement agencies of Kazakhstan detained over 200 people for violating public order during unauthorized protests in several regions of the country, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Wednesday, APA reports citing TASS.

"In order to ensure public safety, the police undertook legitimate measures to stop public order violations and detain perpetrators. As a result of unlawful actions, 95 law enforcement officers sustained bodily injuries. 37 service vehicles have been damaged," the ministry’s press service said in a statement.

A pretrial investigation was launched into 13 separate instances of violence against law enforcement officers, hooliganism, and attacks on governmental offices.

"More than 200 people have been detained for public order violations," the press service said.

Participants of unlawful protests in the Kazakh cities of Almaty, Shymkent and Taraz tried to attack local administrations, known as akimats, the Kazakh Interior Ministry’s press service said.

"In the cities of Almaty, Shymkent and Taraz, attempts were made to attack akimats, smashing windows and doors and inflicting other material damage. In some cases, the crowd used stones, sticks, gas and pepper sprays, as well as incendiary bottles," the statement says.

According to the interior ministry, citizens succumbed to provocative calls and started to engage in unlawful activities despite warnings by local executive authorities and prosecutors. Their actions posed a threat to public order and security.

"Separate groups of citizens blocked roads and disrupted traffic, violating the public order, tranquility of citizens and urban life-support systems. On top of that, officers of law enforcement and other governmental agencies ensuring public order and security, were attacked," the press service said.

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