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Kazakhstan News, protests in Kazakhstan, 9,900 people arrested for fuel escalation protests in Kazakhstan



After the violent protests, the municipal workers cleaned the roads


The Central Asian nation’s interior ministry said on Tuesday that security forces in Kazakhstan have detained 9,900 people in connection with last week’s unrest.

The news comes as President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who called the violence an attempted coup, is set to nominate a new prime minister in an address to parliament later in the day.

The oil-rich former Soviet republic says government buildings were attacked in several major cities after initially peaceful protests against hikes in car fuel prices turned violent.

Tokayev has said that Islamic terrorists from regional countries and Afghanistan as well as the Middle East were among the attackers.

He dismissed his cabinet amid unrest with several security officials and the most senior of them, Karim Massimov, the former head of the National Security Committee, detained on suspicion of treason.

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