The decline of democracy in the world disadvantages the protests in Kazakhstan

Democracy is currently facing several setbacks in the world - something that may have hampered the success of the protests in Kazakhstan, according to Ashok Swain, professor of peace and conflict at Uppsala University. Pictured: Presidential Palace in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan. Photo: Francisco Anzola. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elise Olsson

Poverty, corruption and large economic income gaps - it is not just the shock rise in petrol prices in Kazakhstan that has triggered a violent riot in the country. And even though this type of uprising can be a starting shot for democratization, the weakened democracy in the world can also be an obstacle to the starting shot, says Ashok Swain, professor of peace and conflict at Uppsala University.

January 18, 2022, Analysis

More than 160 dead and thousands arrested after violent protests in Kazakhstan

The protests in Kazakhstan are the most extensive against the authoritarian regime in the country in decades. Photo: Ezetok. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Sara Lannebo

The last week's protests in Kazakhstan, which degenerated into clashes between protesters and police, have calmed down for the time being. President Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev's order to the security forces to "shoot without warning" and the reinforcing troops that Russia has sent to the country seem to have calmed the situation. According to Kazakh authorities, at least 164 people have been killed in the violence.

January 11, 2022, News