The clashes, which injured police officers and involved looting and burning, occurred Friday as the former Soviet state celebrated its 20th anniversary of independence, according to Russian and Kazakh state-run media.
"In order to restore the economy of the town of Zhanaozen, restore the facilities that were burned down and, most importantly, ensure the security of the citizens, I am issuing a decree on the introduction of the state of emergency in the town of Zhanaozen according to the constitution and the law on the state of emergency," President Nursultan Nazarbayev said in a statement.
"It will be in force for 20 days, beginning today. If we are able to resolve all issues before then, and if calm is ensured, it can be rescinded at any time," the president said Saturday. Read More