BISHKEK – The protests that erupted across Kazakhstan on Jan. 2 quickly turned into riots in all of the country’s major cities. What did the protesters want, and what will be the outcome of the country’s most severe civil unrest since independence in 1991?
Although the initial trigger was a doubling of fuel prices, the protesters soon demanded the dissolution of Parliament and new elections. Moreover, they wanted former President Nursultan Nazarbayev to exit the political scene for good.
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