A statement was made at the General Assembly of the Turkish Parliament regarding the turmoil in Kazakhstan and was signed by the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Republican People’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and İYİ (Good) Party.
The statement said:
“We are following the developments in brotherly Kazakhstan with concern. The stability and peace of Kazakhstan are as important to us as the peace and tranquillity of our country,”
The four political parties condemned the protests of the people of Kazakhstan against rising fuel costs, poverty and corruption in the government defining it as ‘violent acts’
“We condemn acts of violence that endanger human life, disrupt public order and damage property,” said the statement and expressed support to the Kazakh government.
“We support the Kazakhstan Government’s reform agenda to further improve the well-being of the people in the country.” it said.
While the four political parties except the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) sent their support to Kazakhstan Government, The Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV/HRFT) has called for an end to the violations of the right to life and torture by the government forces in the Kazakhstan protests.
The protests started in Kazakhstan when the government lifted its price cap on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and spread quickly throughout the country in opposition to the authoritarian Kazakh government.
Although it is not possible to reach the exact numbers of people detained since the government’s reluctance to publish the names of killed protesters, and the number of arrests, but it has been reported that more than 9,000 protestors have been detained so far.