Due to the domestic riots that caused many deaths, Kazakhstan held a national day of mourning on the 10th. The Kazakh Presidential Palace, government agencies at all levels and many foreign institutions in Kazakhstan flew their flags at half-mast to mourn.
“On this day, we express our condolences to the people, law enforcement officers and soldiers who lost their lives in the riots. There is no doubt that our country is going through the most serious crisis since independence.” Kazakh President Tokayev said in a speech to the people that day. . He promised to severely punish offenders to prevent such incidents from happening again.
On that day, the pages of many websites turned black and white. Ospanov, a citizen of Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, told reporters that he was saddened by such incidents in his country, and at the same time firmly believed that the country would lead the people through this “darkest moment”.
The Kazakh President’s website issued a notice on the 9th that the current security situation across the country has stabilized. The previously occupied administrative facilities have been recaptured by law enforcement agencies, and public facilities and medical systems have resumed operation. It is understood that in Almaty, many banks have resumed their offices, some supermarket chains have resumed operation, and the Internet has changed from a strictly disconnected state to a limited-time service.
At the beginning of 2022, the price of liquefied natural gas in Mangistau state in southwestern Kazakhstan has risen sharply, triggering protests in many places. Tokayev accepted the government’s resignation on the 5th and presided over a meeting on the socio-economic situation and passed several price stabilization measures. However, riots continued in some areas, and rioters stormed government agencies and attacked the police in many places. Tokayev then declared a nationwide state of emergency until the 19th.
Kazakh President’s Press Secretary Uali announced through his social media account on the 8th that given the deaths of many people in the riot, Tokayev decided on the 10th to be a national day of mourning. According to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan, 164 people have been killed in the riots, and 7,939 people have been arrested by law enforcement agencies.