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Clash between Kazakh police and protesters over 100% gas price hike

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Protesters denouncing the doubling of liquefied gas prices clash with police in Kazakhstan’s largest city and staged protests in a dozen other cities across the country

MOSCOW – Protesters denouncing the doubling of liquefied gas prices clashed with police in Kazakhstan’s largest city and staged protests in a dozen other cities across the country on Tuesday.

Local reports said police dispersed a demonstration of around 1,000 people in Almaty and some protesters were arrested. Reports have also shown riot police fired tear gas canisters at crowds of protesters in the capital Nur-Sultan.

It was the third day of protests, which started in western cities and then spread across the vast Central Asian country.

Starting in the new year, the price of liquefied gas, which is widely used for cooking and heating, has doubled to 120 tenge ($ 0.27) per liter, a significant increase in the country where the minimum wage is of 42,500 tenge ($ 98) per month.

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