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Relative calm returns to Kazakhstan after week of upheaval Updated: 2022-01-10 15:00:45 KST


Kazakhstan authorities say violent riots have stabilized in all regions of the country, following the deadliest outbreak of violence in three decades of independence.
They explained law enforcement agencies had seized back control of administrative buildings, with vital services being restored.
The news comes as media outlets reported that nearly 6-thousand people have been arrested and over 160 people killed.
Fuel price rises sparked the unrest a week ago in the western provincial areas of the energy-rich country.
They quickly spread to other large cities, with riots erupting and police opening fire on protesters.
The country's interior ministry said the unrest caused around 200 million U.S. dollars of property damage.
It added over 1-hundred businesses and banks were attacked and looted, and over 4-hundred vehicles destroyed.
Supermarkets were also reopening on Sunday, amid fears of food shortages.
To deal with the unrest, the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization has sent about 25-hundred troops to the country as peacekeepers.
In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he will remain in constant contact with his Kazakh counterpart and hold an emergency video conference on the matter.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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