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"Kazakhstan’s Government Resigns Amid Unrest Over Fuel Prices; President declares two-week curfew in parts of former Soviet nation after some protests turn violent" - SCW Newswatch - WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports on civic unrest in Kazakhstan and the authoritarian government's response.

"Mass protests in [oil-rich] Kazakhstan over ... increas[ing] ... fuel prices have prompted ... [its] authoritarian government to resign and the president to impose a state of emergency .... President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has declared a two-week curfew in ... the western Mangistau region and ... [Kazakhstan's largest city,] Almaty .... [R]estrictions include a ban on mass gatherings and limitations on movement. ... He ... installed an acting prime minister and said ... authorities would reduce fuel prices .... [U]nrest, ... at times ... violent, erupted Sunday in the Mangistau region after the government lifted [price-]caps ... for liquefied petroleum gas, the main [automobile] fuel ... causing prices to double. Demonstrations spread to several areas ... including Almaty. ..."

Click here for: "Kazakhstan’s Government Resigns Amid Unrest Over Fuel Prices; President declares two-week curfew in parts of former Soviet nation after some protests turn violent" - Wall Street Journal/ Ann M. Simmons

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Key Words: Russia, Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Former Soviet Union, Human Rights, Protests

Almaty, Kazakhstan and Landscape, file photo adapted from state.gov