Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev promised that the list of those who died during the January protests in Kazakhstan would be published, and said that he still considers the events to be a terrorist attack, transmits Kazakh service of Radio Liberty.
Tokayev answered journalists’ questions at a polling station in Nursultan. Today in Kazakhstan, most regions are voting on amendments to the Constitution.
According to Tokayev, in the list of those who died during the January riots, “there are a lot of dead who represented the terrorist side, who, by their actions, wanted to undermine the state system.” “But there are also people who were not involved in these organized sorties against our state,” Tokayev said.
He stated that he still considers the events to be a terrorist attack.
“We insist that this was a terrorist attack aimed at undermining the state system, therefore we are talking about the need to bring to justice all the people who are involved, without exception, whether it is participation, complicity or incitement, and even more so, organization,” he said. President of Kazakhstan
“The operation itself against the state was clearly planned, it was led by well-trained professionals,” he added.
According to Tokayev, Kazakhstan is openly investigating the January events, there is no need to invite international experts. According to the President, after mass protests in Kazakhstan, 5.5 thousand criminal cases were initiated, 500 of them have already been sent to court.
“I would like to draw your attention to the fact that only 23 people have been brought to real terms. This indicates that we are very carefully investigating this tragic case,” Tokayev said.
In early January, peaceful rallies that began in the city of Zhanaozen escalated into mass protests across the country with economic and political demands. Pogroms began in some regions, attacks on administrative buildings, police stations, and shops.
At least 230 people died during the January protests and riots across the country, according to official figures from the Kazakh authorities. Only in Almaty, according to the police, 149 civilians were killed. But the authorities do not disclose how many of the dead were killed by robbers, and how many by security forces who accidentally or illegally used weapons. Also, the authorities do not disclose how many “marauders” the security forces shot directly at the time of the crimes.
The lists of the dead have also not yet been published. Human rights activists and journalists collected information about several dozen dead and wounded, who did not take part in the protests and did not commit crimes, but became accidental victims.
In Kazakhstan on June 5 polling stations for the constitutional referendum were opened in most regions. In total, more than 10,000 polling stations will be opened, informed CEC of Kazakhstan. The turnout for the referendum in Kazakhstan in the first five hours of voting was 43.7%, the commission said.
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