At the beginning of the year 2022, rallies broke out in the oil-producing Mangystau region in the west of Kazakhstan. Hundreds of people are protesting for a third day in a raw against the sudden hike in prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG). The protests spread to the neighboring Atyrau and West Kazakhstan regions, as well as to the capital Nur-Sultan.
Some protesters shouted claims to dismiss the president and change the government.
The price per liter of LNG jumped up to 120 tenge (28 U.S. cents) at gas stations in Mangystau at the start of this year, compared to 50-60 tenge (12-14 cents) in 2021.
According to the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan, since January 1, prices have been formed on electronic exchange trading based on supply and demand.
Roads leading to the city of Zhanaozen have been closed by the authorities. In Almaty, Kazakhstan’s biggest city, Republic Square was closed to the public and access to mobile Internet connection was limited.
The police confirmed the detainment of several protestors. According to opposition sources their number was at least 20 detainees.
— Assem Zhapisheva (@zhapisheva) January 4, 2022
there’re thousands of people going on meetings in Kazakhstan.Because of many reasons,one of them is an insane increase of prices for gas in one day and etc.people are demanding reforms in the constitution,to set the republic into parliamentary regime.Every one them are peaceful👏 pic.twitter.com/e8YQjoNb5J
— tonton⁷ (@tontonjungd) January 4, 2022
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF KAZAKHSTAN 🇰🇿! MASS PEACEFUL RALLIES!
URALSK, 04.01.2022 PEOPLE DEMAND NAZARBAYEV’S RESIGNATION. @RonWyden @RepGregoryMeeks @USRepKeating @RepKarenBass pic.twitter.com/iN1wtmTOSl
— Aigul Pavel 🇪🇺🏳️🌈🧡 (@aigul_pavel) January 4, 2022
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered to create a special commission that includes members of the Presidential Administration to study the situation.
On January 4, members of the government commission met with activists in the Kazakh city of Aktau. They guaranteed the protesters that they would not be held accountable for participating in the protest.
“At the meeting, the decisions made during negotiations with the initiative group of Aktau city were announced, namely, on reducing the cost of liquefied gas and setting the price at 50 tenge ($0.11. – Editor’s note) per liter in the Mangystau region as part of the social responsibility of the national company “Kazmunaygas”, – the statement reads.
Kazakhstan faced a similar wave of protests a decade ago. In 2011, the city of Zhanaozen was the scene of mass rallies over pay and working conditions and the president as well. They claimed the lives of at least 16 of protesters.
In 2011, the information support of the protests was provided through media outlets and social media managed from the territory of Ukraine and Turkey. Whether today’s protests are another attempt to spread chaos in Central Asia will be seen in the near future.
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If Kazakhstan wanted to switch to a true market value for their oil, the fuel subsidies should have been reduced over time like a couple of years (i.e. boiling frogs). However, I believe citizens should always get the best value for their resources and charge a much higher price to foreign buyers.
Not very smart to raise energy prices in a poor country, especially if you are loaded with gas and oil. Mandatory jabs arent a good idea either.
Play stupid games win stupid prizes…
This guy said it too. https://odysee.com/@ApollonianSlumber:7/Post-YULE-Triple-Distilled-MEMES—BIGGEST-YET:2
The post of Aygül says it all. Look at the flags… and who she informs: her bosses in Washington. Yes, I know, they too are only intermediaries, but still. Aptly titled, Southfront.
Just look at the map, Kazakhstan is huge. If the U.S. manage to install puppet government in Kazakhstan, then Russian strategic position will be even worse than today: it will be completely open from the South as well, plus this ‘revolution’ will influence muslim population in Russia itself.
Lenin created these “countries” to destroy Russia, 100+ years later his legacy lives on. The original Judeo-Bolshevik plan for destruction of Russia, America just continue with its implementation.
LOL Lenin didn’t want Kazakhstan to be independent.