Kazakhstan’s president gave the country’s security services the green light to use deadly force against anti-government protesters Friday, warned that those who refused to surrender would be “eliminated.”
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared in a nationally televised address that he had ordered “law enforcement and the army to shoot to kill without warning” in the event of further disturbances.
Tokayev said the order was given after 20,000 “bandits” attacked the largest city and financial capital Almaty and destroyed state property. He also referred to those involved in the unrest as “terrorists” and “militants.”
Street protests have been raging in Kazakhstan all week — and dozens have already been killed. The demonstrations initially erupted over the near-doubling of fuel prices, but quickly spread across the country,