Confirm withdrawal of CSTO peace mission in Kazakhstan | News
The head of the Peace Mission sent to Kazakhstan announced on Wednesday that the withdrawal of the contingents sent to the Asian country to deal with the violent disturbances that the nation has experienced since the beginning of January has been completed.
Withdrawal of CSTO peacekeeping mission from Kazakhstan begins
“The peacekeeping operation (…) on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan has ended,” said Andrei Serdyukov, head of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) mission.
The CSTO sent peacekeepers to the Central Asian country at the request of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for help in dealing with demonstrations that broke out in several cities in the country in early January.
The Kazakh government announced that the state of emergency has ended, revoking all the prohibitions that were in force during the measure, including those on freedom of movement, rallies and strikes, among other provisions.
The state of emergency was decreed in the first days of January due to the outbreak of violent disturbances, in which, according to the latest data, 227 people died and more than 4,500 were injured.
During the events of “Tragic January” and the subsequent state of emergency approximately two thousand people were detained for various offenses. Those who committed serious crimes will be punished in accordance with the law.
— Qasym-Jomart Toqayev (@TokayevKZ)
January 14, 2022
Demonstrations broke out in several Kazakh cities on January 2 and turned into violent riots with government buildings looted in several cities a few days later.
They were accompanied by attacks against the police, the army and government bodies in many cities of the country, mainly in Almaty.