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January riots in Kazakhstan leave 230 dead, says prosecutor general

According to Berik Asylov, some 3,500 law enforcers sustained wounds during the violent mass protests

NUR-SULTAN, March 14. /TASS/. A total number of 230 people died as a result of the riots in Kazakhstan in January, Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan Berik Asylov said on Monday.

"Speaking about the death toll over the country - in all, 230 people were killed, including 19 military and law enforcement officers," he said speaking at a session of the country’s lower house of the Parliament.

"The vast majority of people were killed in the city of Almaty - 139 people," Asylov added.

He also said that some 3,500 law enforcers sustained wounds during the violent mass protests.

"You all witnessed video footage when policemen and soldiers, who are aged between 18 and 20, were brutally beaten and humiliated. There were about 3,500 law enforcers, who sustained wounds, or 80% out of the total number of people sustaining injuries these days."

Protests broke out in various Kazakh cities on January 2, escalating into mass riots and attacks against police and military personnel, with government buildings getting ransacked across several cities a few days later.

Subsequently, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev turned to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) requesting assistance, and as a result, peacekeepers were deployed to Kazakhstan. Law and order, Kazakh authorities affirmed, was restored to all of the country’s regions by the morning of January 7.