At least 164 people have died in Kazakhstan during violent anti-government protests. Media reports cited health officials. It is not clear if the deaths refer only to civilians or if law-enforcement deaths are included. It was said that three of those killed were minors, including a 4-year-old girl. Almost 6,000 people have been arrested, including “a substantial number of foreign nationals”, Kazakhstan’s presidential office said on Sunday. Some 103 fatalities in the latest violence were reportedly in the main city, Almaty. It was unclear how many of those detained remained in custody on Sunday. Last week, troops from countries including Russia were sent to Kazakhstan to help restore order, which was finally declared. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s office said Sunday that authorities have regained control of administrative buildings.
Some of the force is guarding government facilities in the capital. Almaty’s airport, which had been taken by protesters last week, remained closed. A state of emergency and a nationwide curfew remain in place. Now, residents in Almaty were struggling to buy food and fuel following almost a week of violent protests. The Kazakh demonstrations were sparked by a massive price increase for liquified petroleum gas. The demonstrators had already switched to corruption and mismanagement. Until the demonstrations, Kazakhstan maintained a cautious relationship with the neighboring Russian Federation. Kazakhstan accounts for 40 percent of world uranium production.