Kazakhstan Unrest: Government Calls For Russian Help

Kazakhstan Unrest: Government Calls For Russian Help

Andrew H. Sweet

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called for support from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) as nationwide unrest escalates.

The protests were first sparked by rising fuel prices but have broadened to include other political grievances.

President Tokayev claimed the unrest was the work of foreign-trained "terrorist gangs."

The president has imposed a nationwide state of emergency that includes an overnight curfew and a ban on mass gatherings and has vowed a tough response to the protests.

In a televised speech in the early hours of Thursday, he said he had sought help from the CSTO - a military alliance of Russia and five ex-Soviet states to help stabilize the country.

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