Kazakhstan's president called on troops to “shoot to kill” protesters as the Central Asian nation faces anti-government demonstrations.

Here’s how, in less than a week, anger over rising fuel prices led to a deadly crackdown in the country. wapo.st/3JQIBFi
On Saturday, the government lifted price caps on liquefied petroleum gas, which is used to operate most vehicles. Kazakhstan is an oil-rich nation but the move caused the price of fuel to skyrocket, roughly doubling overnight and sparking anger in the western region of Mangistau.
By Tuesday, the uprisings in the country's west had spread to other regions. About 5,000 people gathered in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city.

The demonstrations became less about the fuel-cap decision and more about dissatisfaction with those in charge. wapo.st/3JQIBFi
On Wednesday, protesters stormed government buildings and set them on fire. They also tried pull down a statue of Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan's de facto ruler of over three decades.

Violent clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces continued.
On Thursday, Russian "peacekeepers" arrived in the country, after Kazakhstan's president asked for help from the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which was formed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

It is unclear how many were deployed, or how long they will stay.

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