All over Kazakhstan, the authorities have turned off the Internet, according to the data of the organization NetBlocks, which monitors the operation of the Network.At the beginning, the quality of WhatsApp and Telegram messengers deteriorated in Almaty and a number of other large cities. Failures were also recorded in the work of the mobile Internet, and mobile communications periodically disappear. This was reported by the local online media Vlast.
Messengers have been blocked amid protests that have embraced Kazakhstan since January 2 and have grown significantly by Tuesday. In many cities, including Almaty and the capital, mobile Internet is disconnected and connection is periodically lost. The competent authorities of the republic are taking measures to suspend the operation of networks and the provision of communication services.
However, soon the Internet stopped working throughout Kazakhstan, according to the NetBlocks organization that analyzes the work of the global web.
The NetBlocks group said the power outage “is likely to restrict the public’s ability to express political grievances and communicate freely” and “severely limit coverage of escalating anti-government protests,” which are still a rare event in a tightly controlled country like Kazakhstan.
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The government resigned on Wednesday following the riots, and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency in the capital Nur-Sultan, the former capital of Almaty and the oil-rich province of Mangistau.
However, these measures reportedly did little to defuse tensions, and there are reports of large crowds in major cities.
The protests began in the western, oil and gas-rich regions of the country over the government’s decision to lift price caps on LPG, which many use as fuel for cars. Eventually, the protests spread across the country and into cities and grew into a broader call for political change and challenged Tokayev, who took office in 2019 as the elected successor of Nursultan Nazarbayev.
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