Local residents stand shoulder to shoulder with police officers in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Jan. 8, 2022. (website of Nur-sultan city hall/Handout via Xinhua)
NUR-SULTAN, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree declaring Jan. 10 a national day of mourning for the victims of recent unrest in the country.
"In connection with the death of people as a result of terrorist acts committed in the Republic of Kazakhstan, it is declared that January 10, 2022, will be that nationwide mourning day," according to the decree released on Saturday.
People rally to protest against the price rise of liquefied petroleum gas in Aktau in the Mangystau province, Kazakhstan, Jan. 4, 2022. (Xinhua)
Violent protests sparked by fuel price hikes have been rocking Kazakhstan for several days, leading to multiple deaths and many injuries. Around 5,000 people have been reportedly detained across the country. ■