The internet was reportedly switched off across Kazakhstan on Wednesday, as the country remains gripped by violent protests that began in response to a hike in fuel prices after the New Year.
NetBlocks, a British organization that monitors internet freedom, has described the situation in the country as “a nation-scale internet blackout.”
Access to the web was cut off completely following a day of mobile internet disruptions and partial curbs on Tuesday, it added.
“The incident is likely to severely limit coverage of escalating anti-government protests,” the outfit pointed out.
RT’s attempts to access some Kazakhstan’s most prominent news websites have been fruitless amid reports of the blackout.
TV broadcasting has also been disrupted in the country. The KTK channel said it went off the air on Wednesday because the electricity to its headquarters had been cut off. NTK and Channel One Eurasia have also gone dark.
The same day, protesters broke into the offices of the Mir 24 TV channel in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty. The staff had been evacuated in time, but the mob remained inside for around an hour, damaging equipment.
In order to arm themselves, the protesters attacked a firearms store in the city, breaking into its warehouse and taking everything that was inside, according to the staff.