Initially peaceful protests over the doubling of gas prices in Kazakhstan have turned violent, bringing the Opec+ nation to a virtual standstill just days into 2022.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared a two-week state of emergency when protests in the Central Asian nation's largest city Almaty and in Mangystau province turned deadly this week.

The unrest occurs in a region which accounts for some 25% of the nation’s oil production but the state of emergency is now in force nationwide.