Kazakh president issues shoot-to-kill order as violence continues

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The president of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, issued a shoot-to-kill order against the protesters threatening his authoritarian government’s survival on Friday. “I have given orders to the security forces and the army to open fire without warning,” Tokayev said in a televised address, rejecting international calls for dialogue as “stupidity” and asking: “What kind of negotiations can there be with criminals and murderers?” Demanding “anti-terrorist operations” continue until the “fighters are completely wiped out,” Tokayev claimed that some 20,000 “bandits” had rioted in the country’s bi…

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