MOSCOW — A Russia-led navy alliance started deploying paratroopers in Kazakhstan on Thursday to revive order after an evening of protests within the Central Asian nation turned violent, with the police reporting that dozens of antigovernment demonstrators had been killed and tons of injured.
The overseas troopers have been dispatched after town corridor in Almaty, the nation’s largest metropolis, was set ablaze, and the airport was overrun by an offended mob. The police opened fireplace on the demonstrators, a few of them armed, but in addition accused them of killing 13 officers and leaving 353 injured.
The reviews of deaths couldn’t instantly be independently confirmed.
The trouble to quell the unrest, described as a short lived peacekeeping mission by the navy alliance, will likely be restricted in time and can purpose at defending authorities buildings and navy objects, the group mentioned in a statement.
That is the primary time within the historical past of the alliance, which is Russia’s model of NATO, that its safety clause has been invoked. The assertion didn’t specify what number of troopers can be mobilized, although Armenia, which chairs its rotating presidency, deployed 70 troopers.
Some troops have already began working in Kazakhstan, the assertion mentioned, and Russian state-run shops posted videos of Russian troops boarding navy plane and others driving to Kazakhstan in armored autos.
Saltanat Azirbek, a police spokeswoman in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis, mentioned that dozens of individuals had been “eradicated” by the authorities once they tried to storm authorities buildings, police headquarters and district police workplaces, the primary widespread fatalities because the protests began. Her assertion didn’t elaborate. And in line with earlier reviews within the native information media, the police opened fireplace on demonstrators within the oil metropolis of Atyrau, killing not less than one individual.
The authorities reported that along with those that had been killed, a couple of thousand individuals had been injured and as much as 400 had been hospitalized. Two of the members of the safety workers that have been killed had been beheaded, Almaty’s commandant’s workplace mentioned in an announcement carried by Khabar-24, Kazakhstan’s state information channel. The protesters additionally surrounded two hospitals within the metropolis, the assertion mentioned.
The police warned individuals residing close to primary authorities buildings to remain at dwelling.