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Sunday, January 9, 2022 MADRID – More than 160 people were killed and 5,000 arrested in Kazakhstan after the riots that shook Central Asia’s largest country over the past week.

The demonstrations, triggered by a rise in fuel prices, turned into huge riots as they spread across the country.

They started on 2 January and grew to reflect discontent at the government and former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led Kazakhstan for three decades and is still thought to retain significant influence.

De-escalation of the situation and engaging in dialogue by all sides are the most important instruments for providing stability for the country.

We call on all concerned to act with responsibility and restraint and to refrain from actions that could lead to further escalation of violence. While recognising the right to peaceful demonstration, the Europe Peace Foundation (EPF) expects that they remain non-violent and avoid any incitement to violence. The EPF also calls upon authorities to respect the fundamental right to peaceful protest and proportionality in the use of force when defending its legitimate security interests, and to uphold its international commitments.

The Europe Peace Foundation (EPF) encourages a peaceful resolution of the situation through inclusive dialogue with all stakeholders and respect for the fundamental rights of citizens.

For further information, please contact: Telephone: (+34) 910 231 214 press@europefoundation.org