The state of emergency was introduced throughout Kazakhstan, media reported.
Earlier, the state of emergency operated only in four regions of the country – Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Almaty and Mangistau regions.
The state of emergency provides for restrictions on movement from 11 pm to 7 am, a ban on mass gatherings and strikes, and also allows law enforcement officers to conduct personal searches of citizens and inspect cars.
For the fourth day in Kazakhstan, mass protests continue in a dozen cities. The rallies began due to a sharp rise in the price of liquefied gas, but quickly became political.
On the afternoon of January 5, protesters stormed the building of the Almaty city administration (they managed to seize the building), and also attempted to seize the akimat building in Aktobe. The police on both occasions tried to stop them with rubber bullets and flashbangs. At night in Almaty, protesters erected barricades, several cases of disarming of security forces were recorded on video.
On the afternoon of January 5, Internet and TV outages began throughout Kazakhstan. In Almaty and Zhanaozen, where the protests began, a state of emergency and a curfew were introduced. At the same time, there was information about the pulling together of security forces in the cities covered by protests. The city commander asked residents and guests of Almaty not to leave their homes, and President Tokayev issued an address in which he said that he would “protect” people from protesters and accused them of robberies and attacks.