A Hungarian man got stuck with his wife and two children in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The man reported that they were sleeping in clothes, ready to flee. He also said that they wanted to break into their home at one point.
There have been no big riots in Kazakhstan like the one going on now since independence was won in 1991. There are demonstrations all over the country. As a part of this, buildings are set on fire and attacked. Looting and street fights are commonplace.
Péter Sebestyén lives in Kazakhstan with his wife and two children. They live farther from the city centre, but they are not safe either.
“A group of five wanted to break into the complex yesterday, but we could deal with that,”
Sebestyén said. He added that there was a residential rally recently where residents tried to come together and prepare for any situation. They collected medicines and bandages in the event of a more serious clash, writes portfolio.hu.
“They said that, if possible, no one should undress, like in the military, and be ready for action, so you have to sleep in clothes,”
says the man living in Almaty. Sebestyén added that they do not notice riots during the day. There is peace on the streets. However, going shopping or getting administrative tasks done is almost impossible as most stores have closed, and the ones that are open soon run out of stock.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade indicated that the Hungarian embassy in Kazakhstan is in constant contact with Hungarians living abroad.
Despite the fact that the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó, said that there are no reports of Hungarians affected by the Kazakhstan protests,
eleven people indicated that they wanted to leave the country.
“The staff of the embassy in Nur-Sultan and the Consulate General in Almaty are doing their best. But both air travel and road transport between the cities are currently facing serious obstacles. And in many cases, it is completely impossible,” said Péter Szijjártó.
The Foreign Minister added that none of the Hungarians living abroad got in trouble. However, Kazakhstan has been placed in the security category with the worst rating. That is, it was placed among the countries not recommended for travel, writes index.hu.
Source: index.hu, portfolio.hu