Fourth Generation Warfare

Protesters burn Kazakh president’s house after cabinet resigns

By Grayson Quay The Week

Protesters in the oil-rich former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan burned the country’s presidential residence Wednesday as protests that began earlier in the week continue to escalate, The Associated Press reports.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who took office in 2019, declared a two-week curfew, threatened “to act with maximum severity” against rioters, and called for “mutual trust and dialogue rather than conflict.” An internet blackout has also reportedly been implemented. Public protests are illegal in Kazakhstan unless authorized by the government.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Tokayev has also accepted the resignation of the cabinet led by Prime Minister Askar Mamin and installed an acting cabinet under Alikhan Smailov in its place.

On Saturday, the government announced a near-doubling of the price of liquified petroleum gas (LPG), which many Kazakhs use to fuel their cars, in the country’s western Mangistau region. Protests erupted the next day and quickly spread throughout

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