Following violent clashes between demonstrators and police in western Kazakhstan's authoritarian president,ruling over the city Schanaosen a state of emergency imposed. This applies to the 5thJanuary, it said on Saturday on the website of the Presidency. According to official figures from Sunday the death toll rose to 13 in Schanaosen, another man died in the city Schetpe.
Should the state of emergency "public safety guarantees made law and order and defend the rights and freedoms of citizens", it said in the statement. Attempts to disrupt public order, should be punished "with all the force of the law." Nazarbayev also announced the establishment of a special commission to investigate the incidents on the Friday.
In Schanaosen workers demonstrate for higher salaries for months. On Friday, the Kazakh Independence Day, the protests were escalating, demonstrators put public buildings, hotels, offices and cars on fire. According to official figures at least 13 people were killed and 86 others injured. The opposition spoke against dozens of deaths. By Sunday, 130 people were also arrested. Nazarbayev, who has ruled the country since independence in 1991 with a heavy hand, described the rioters as "hooligans".
Based in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan opposition station K-plus, citing protesting workers and other eyewitnesses, the police had fired on unarmed demonstrators. Thus many people died on the way to hospital, including a child, because in time help arrived. "I think about 50 people have died," said an eyewitness to the transmitter.
The opposition National Social Democratic Party spoke of "serious questions" that raised the event."The most important is: What reasons did the police to shoot unarmed people," it said in a statement.Mobile connections, and many Internet sites, including social networks were blocked in Kazakhstan since Friday. A spokesman for the prosecutor said on Sunday, since Saturday was not a shot was discharged by the security forces. "Rumors" about bloodshed are baseless.
The violence reached on Saturday evening, the nearby village Schetpe, where rioters stopped, according to the attorney general and a train with 300 passengers on the "support of mass protests" calling. Around 50 people had defied the orders of the police, Molotov cocktails thrown at the officers, the train set on fire and destroyed the environment of the station. Up to 200 people had joined in the riots. "The police were forced to open fire," it said in a statement. Twelve people were taken to hospital with injuries, one of whom died later.