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Angry Kazakh protesters seize airport and 5 planes in Almaty - GulfToday

Angry Kazakh protesters seize airport and 5 planes in Almaty

Authorities in Kazakhstan declared a nationwide state of emergency and promised a tough crackdown on Wednesday as mass unrest plunged the country into chaos.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev accused the protesters of "massive attacks on law enforcement" that left several dead and wounded.

Kazakh President also said airport and 5 planes, including foreign ones, seized by "terrorists" in Almaty.

"I intend to act as tough as possible... Together we will overcome this black period in the history of Kazakhstan," he said.

Long seen as one the most stable of the ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia, energy-rich Kazakhstan was facing its biggest crisis in decades after protesters angry over rising fuel prices stormed government buildings.



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