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Protests Over Fuel Price Increases Arise Across Kazakhstan

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  • Nursultan Nazarbayev
    Nursultan Nazarbayev
    First president of Kazakhstan

Protests were held in cities across Kazakhstan over increased prices for liquefied natural gas — used as fuel for vehicles — on January 4.

Video from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) shows protest actions in the cities of Shymkent, Aqtobe, and Oral, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday. Several people were detained by police in Shymkent.

“The crowd in Aqtobe chanted ‘Old man, go away!’ in reference to the country’s longtime leader, Nursultan Nazarbaev, who stepped down as president in 2019 but has retained influence,” RFE/RL reported.

Reuters reported the protests began on January 2 after fuel prices “sharply increased.” On Tuesday, the Kazakh government announced it would reinstate some price caps, the report said. Credit: RFE/RL via Storyful

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