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An incident in the village of Masanchi

Date

10 Feb 2020

Sections

Global Europe

On 7 February 2020, on the outskirts of the village of Masanchi, in the Kordai District, Zhambyl region, a fight took place between residents, it is assessed that several dozen people took part. As a result, members of the Kordai police department arrived at the scene.

At the same time, provocateurs and eyewitnesses of the incident filmed what was happening, and using messaging and social networks urged citizens to carry out illegal actions.

This led to an escalation and an increase in the number of participants in the fight. As a result, roughly 300 people arrived from neighboring settlements.

In order to restore public order, additional police units were sent to the village of Masanchi. Participants in the fight actively resisted police officers and hooligans utilised metal objects, stones and firearms. Later, neighboring villages were also effected by the conflict.

During the riots, several dozen participants received injuries and gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, eight people died from injuries they sustained.

During the performance of their official duties to suppress illegal actions, police officers received various injuries, including two gunshot wounds.

As a result of the hooligans’ actions, a number of private houses, objects of trade and cars were damaged, due to arson.

47 people have been detained and taken to the police. Two hunting rifles were also seized. Pre-trial investigations are being conducted under Article 272 (Organization and participation in riots) and under Article 99 (Murder) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

To ensure public safety within the conflict zone, police officers and military personnel of the National Guard of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan have been deployed. The situation has now been stabilized and is under control.

On behalf of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, a government commission has been created to eliminate the consequences of the events in the Kordai region, this will be chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister.

The Commission has also been entrusted with ensuring the prompt resolution of issues of a socio-economic and humanitarian nature. All the families of the deceased and wounded will receive the necessary assistance. The Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, as well as the elders of these villages, have joined the work of the commission.

The General Prosecutor has taken special control of the investigation of the events in the Kordai region, and an interdepartmental investigative and operational group has been created.

The National Security Committee and the General Prosecutor’s Office have begun the necessary investigative measures. Work is underway to bring to justice on those who call for ethnic hatred, spreading provocative rumours and misinformation.

All those guilty of disturbing public order will be held accountable in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

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