Hundreds Protest Fuel Price Hike in Kazakhstan

Hundreds of people staged a protest in the western Kazakhstan region of Mangystus against the steep hike in price for liquefied natural gas (LNG) used in vehicles.

Over 1,000 people rallied in the town of Zhanaozen and they spent the full night there during the freezing temperature, RFE/RL reported on Tuesday.

The protestors said a hike in fuel price could also negatively impact other daily commodities such as food.

People in other villages across the country also took to the streets expressing their outrage at the rising price for LNG.

A smaller number of people also staged demonstrations in the capital, Nur-Sultan, where at least three people were detained by the police, the outlet said.

The price per liter of LNG jumped to 120 tenge (28 US cents) at gas stations in Mangystau at the start of this year, compared with a price of 50-60 tenge (12-14 cents) in 2021.

Meanwhile, Kazakhstan President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev warned the protesters against violating the restrictive law on public gatherings.

However, Toqaev said his government is ready to work on a mechanism to reduce the LNG prices.

The angry demonstrators said they would continue their protest until the price of gas is reduced to 60 tenge.

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