Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Friday ruled out any sort of agreement with the protesters, vowing to destroy what he called “armed bandits” who attacked the country.
In his address to the nation, Tokayev said he ordered the army to use lethal force against the protestors.
“Those who don’t surrender will be eliminated,” Tokayev said, adding that what kind of agreements should be reached with “criminals and murderers.”
Tokayeve also lambasted other countries who suggested talks with protestors as “nonsense.”
“The constitutional order was restored in general in all parts of the country. Local authorities are in control of the situation,” Tokayeve furthered.
“Terrorists still continue to use weapons and damage people’s property. So, the counter-terrorism operation will continue until the militants are completely destroyed,” Tokayeve added.
Meanwhile, Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry said 26 protestors were killed during the unrest.
Another 18 demonstrators received injuries and more than 3,000 people were detained, according to the ministry’s statement.
The ministry also confirmed the dead of 18 law enforcement officers and the injuries of over 700 others during the protests.
Hundreds of people around Kazakhstan staged demonstrations against huge price hikes for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which later turned violent.
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