(update6:24eastern): After hours ago Kazakhstan’s embattled President Tokayev formally requested the CSTO security bloc – which involves 6 former Soviet countries including Russia and Belarus – for military assistance to quell largescale uprising which was triggered over a rapid fuel price hike, the Kremlin has said it is sending Russian troops.
In the early hours of Thursday (local time), the Russian-led bloc approved the “peace-keeping” mission in the former Soviet satellite state along Russia’s border to its south. Chairman of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Nikol Pashinyan, has announced a “limited” mission due to the “threat to national security” of Kazakhstan. This after President Tokayev had blamed “external aggression” on the unrest which has seen government buildings torched and banks looted.
“In response to the appeal by [President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev] and considering a threat to national security and sovereignty of Kazakhstan, caused, among other things, by outside interference, the CSTO Collective Security Council decided to send the Collective Peacekeeping Forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan in accordance with Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty,” Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan said in a statement on Facebook.
The CSTO is a central Asia-focused military alliance of Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. But logistically it could prove a significant problem to move any level of a large Russian forces, given other factors…
Meanwhile, widespread looting was reported in major Kazakh cities in the overnight and early morning hours of Thursday – amid continued national internet outages – with increasingly wild scenes such as the following…
It appears the new peace-keeping mission will likely have a “counter-terror” focus. So far there’s been little reaction from Washington over the rapidly moving events in Kazakhstan. But likely we are about to hear the mainstream US networks go into overdrive alleging an “expansionist” Russia under Putin, and the usual hysterics.
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(update2:01eastern): Russian state sources are reporting that embattled Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has sent a formal request for foreign troops to help quell the ongoing unrest, particularly Russia, as multiple cities have seen state buildings torched by protesters and rioters.
KAZAKH PRESIDENT SAYS PROTESTS ARE EXTERNAL AGGRESSION: TASS
This after he extended the state of emergency nationwide, and as external monitors have said the internet has been blocked for much of the last 24 hours.
Russia’s RT has published the following statement:
The Kazakh president has asked the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for help amid violent unrest gripping the nation, claiming that “terrorists” were overrunning strategic facilities across the country.
“I believe reaching out to the CSTO partners is appropriate and timely,” President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was quoted as saying by the media late on Wednesday.
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It didn’t take long for the Kremlin to chime in on the raging and increasingly violent protests which have rocked its southern neighbor, the former Soviet satellite of Kazakhstan. As we underscored earlier, what began as angry mass protests days ago upon authorities removing a cap on gas prices for the citizenry now appears to be a full-blown push for government overthrow happening in the streets. With state buildings on fire and fierce clashes with police in various cities, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has on Wednesday extended the ‘state of emergency’ across the whole nation.
Already there are rumblings in regional press of possible “foreign manipulation” — causing Russia to warn against any external interference in Kazakhstan’s affairs, according to Reuters citing RIA news agency. At the same time some Western pundits are already making this all about Putin.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov addressed the rapidly moving events which has seen the Kazakh president vow not to leave the capital “no matter what”. Peskov stressed to reporters that the country can “solve its own problems” and that it’s crucial that “no one interfere from the outside.”
And more, the report quoted Peskov as saying “Kazakhstan had not requested Russian help to deal with protests, triggered by a fuel price increase, that prompted the resignation of its government on Wednesday.”
The Russian foreign ministry confirmed separately it’s monitoring the unrest, “We advocate the peaceful resolution of all problems within the constitutional and legal framework and dialogue, rather than through street riots and the violation of laws,” a statement said.
Internet has been blocked across the country for at least a full day at this point, and there were earlier unconfirmed reports that the largest international airport, Almaty Airport, had been stormed and seized by rioters, with all flights canceled.
Hawkish analysts in the West are already linking Kazakh government oppression with who else… Putin
For now at this early point, claims of outside or foreign interference remain highly speculative, also given the lack of much if any international correspondents actually on the ground during the unrest.
Meanwhile multiple public buildings, including at least one presidential residence, have been torched, according to widely circulating social media videos.
There is also evidence of ‘live fire’ in various locations, though there’s been little in the way of official casualty figures.
Hal Turner jumps to the Colour Revolution conclusion
U.S. & E.U. Can’t Grab Ukraine Without a Fight . . . So They’re Overthrowing Government of Kazakhstan
In their seemingly never-ending quest to be able to position first-strike missiles around Russia, the US & EU tried to grab Ukraine, but realize they cannot without a war from Russia; so now they’re overthrowing the government in nearby Kazakhstan!
Within the past 72 hours, all sorts of civil disobedience has suddenly arisen, with sudden and wild protests on streets of many cities, towns and villages.
In Alma-Ata, all floors of the building of the mayor’s office, attacked by protesters, are on fire. During the confrontations in Kazakhstan, there are casualties among the security forces.
The utterly massive protests across Kazakhstan are decrying worsening economic conditions, fuel price hike. Protesters in Atyrau have broken police cordon and gathering at the main square, multiple roads are closed.
About 10-13 thousand protesters are on the streets in Zhanaozen. Demands for new parliament elections and government resignation.
Police attempting to intervene are being physically attacked, beaten-up and pushed back.
The sudden and vast size of protests indicates something far more organized at work: US and EU bribe money, being paid to key organizers, to destabilize and overthrow the government!
What is taking place in Kazakhstan right now, is a precise re-enactment of what took place in Ukraine back in 2014. At that time, the US and EU poured billions into Ukraine and used the public their bribe money bought, to overthrow that government.
The goal? Simple: Bring Kazakhstan into the sphere of influence of Europe (and the U.S.) in order that US missiles can be placed on the territory of Kazakhstan, aimed at Russia.
The EU and US have been thwarted in their efforts to do this with Ukraine, and are facing actual, hot war with Russia over the continuing Ukraine efforts, so now the EU and US are moving to overthrow another government to achieve the same goal.
It is important to note that both Russia and China are heavily invested in Kazakhstan, especially in the oil and gas industry there. Moreover, Kazakhstan is home to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, leased to Russian Aerospace Agency.
In September 2013 a visit to Kazakhstan by then-new Chinese President Xi Jinping, led to the signing of energy deals worth $30 billion, including China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) acquisition of an 8.3 percent stake in Kashagan, the largest oilfield in the world.
Just today, Almaty airport has been captured by government opponents. All flights cancelled. Kazakh oil production site workers going to protests . . . but are reportedly still being PAID . . . . by whose money?
Workers of CNPC-AMG (Chinese owned oil company) closed a bridge in Kenkiyak, one of the most important routes and junctions that to oil infrastructure.
And look at the “demands” being suddenly put forth by the protesters:
Gee. How convenient.
On the world scale, Kazakhstan produces 43% of all Uranium on earth as well. So there are global implications to this sudden unrest. Uranium prices are now soaring on world markets.
From the Saker
Today I am driving all day, but since there is a very serious color revolution that seems to be taking place in Kazakhstan, I am therefore creating an open thread. Please feel free to share any decent information and commentaries below. According to Russian sources, the usual US-controlled disinformation resources (including Ukie ones!) are out in full force to support the insurrection. The levels of violence are very high, even ambulances are attacked, cops are beaten up, disarmed, undressed, and humiliated, weapons stores have been emptied. The Internet has been disconnected, as has power in many parts of Almaty and Nursultan. This is a repeat of what the US tried in Belarus and in Kyrgyzstan, and the next couple of days will be crucial. Many government buildings have been seized and burned, some have been re-taken by the authorities. Law and order have broken down and groups of thugs are controlling the streets in many locations. There are reports of organized armed groups engaging in firefights with police, security, and military forces. One source reports that Kazakh Airborne Forces are also engaged. There are also reports of Takfiri elements using these riots (officially triggered by an increase in the cost of gas).
Official sources report 8 dead and 317 wounded among the police forces. The authorities lost control over several cities (including Alma-Ata) and 3 airports (part of which were torched). Astana and Pavlodar remain under the control of authorities.
President Tokaev has mentioned that he might request the assistance of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. So far the offices of the CSTO say that they have received no such official request.
Martial law has been decreed for the entire country.
These events are a direct threat to both Russia and China. Turkey seems to be pushing its pan-Turkic agenda. The CIA supported Uighur Takfiris also seemed to be involved. This is all taken straight out of the CIA playbook: Twitter, Telegram channels (including NEXTA), Soros-funded organizations, etc. are all deeply involved (including Ukie PSYOPs units).
It is absolutely crucial for the Kazakh authorities to restore law and order ASAP. Will they have the needed resolve and resources? I don’t know. Opinions?
UPDATE: it appears that President Tokaev has claimed that his country was under foreign intervention and has requested the aid of the CSTO. You can click here for machine-translated news from Sputnik Kazakstan.