By DASHA LITVINOVA, Associated Press
MOSCOW (AP) – Kazakhstan’s president has authorized security forces to fire to kill those involved in riots, which he called “terrorists”.
His actions on Friday open the door to a dramatic escalation in a repression of anti-government protests that have become violent.
The Central Asian nation experienced its worst street protests this week since gaining independence from the Soviet Union three decades ago.
The demonstrations began with an almost doubling of the prices of one type of vehicle fuel, but spread rapidly across the country, reflecting a broader dissatisfaction with authoritarian rule.
In a televised speech to the nation, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev described those involved in the riots as “terrorists” and “bandits.”
It is unclear how peaceful protests developed into violence.
33 pictures showing why you wish you were at this Christmas party in Bangkok
Passers-by and enthusiasts gather on Christmas Day at a restaurant in Bangkok to share their love for the often controversial warhead. Although many agree that they are usually shy by nature and want to stay away from humans – unless brought up by them – they can be aggressive when provoked or hungry – especially in nature.
It’s a day of fun, food and drink (for lizards and their human caregivers) and prizes.
There are about 80 species of lizards known to exist on Earth at this time, and most are considered to be poisonous. According to the Singapore National Parks Agency, poison usually has a “relatively mild effect on (humans).”
Wildfire in Louisville, Colorado, December 2021
Officials estimate that 991 homes were destroyed, lost in forest fires that burned the Centennial Heights neighborhood of Louisville, Colorado on December 30, 2021.
Although most fled, some were not so lucky. A week later, investigators are still uncovering human remains in the rubble.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but it is clear that the flames were driven by winter winds that at times blew to more than 100 miles per hour.
As of 2022, it’s the most devastating fire in Colorado’s history.
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