Residents of Zhanaozen gathered and prayed on January 8 as Kazakhstan’s security forces tightened their grip in the capital, Nur-Sultan, and in cities across the country.
On January 6, a spokesman for the police in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, said “dozens” of people had been killed by security forces overnight.
Troops from the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) arrived in Kazakhstan on January 6, after Kazakhstan’s president requested assistance in quelling protests.
Footage by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty shows people praying in Zhanaozen and people shopping in a supermarket in Nur-Sultan.
The Kazakh government declared Monday, January 10, a national day of mourning after the worst violence in the Central Asian country’s 30 years of independence, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful