Top Bitcoin mining country Kazakhstan turns off internet amid protests

During protests against the government, major internet disruptions are occurring in Kazakhstan, the country with the second-largest (BTC), mining hashrate.

NetBlocks, a network data provider, reported Wednesday that Kazakhstan was experiencing a “nation-scale internet blackout” following a day of partial internet restrictions and mobile internet disruptions.

NetBlocks stated that the incident was likely to limit coverage of anti-government protests escalating.

Source: NetBlocks

According to reports, Kazakhtelecom has closed down internet service across Kazakhstan. It is the country’s largest telecom company. According to some reports, cell phone networks were also disabled in Almaty.

The ongoing internet outage in Kazakhstan is a result of protests that were sparked by a sharp rise fuel prices. President Kassym Jomart Tokayev dismissed the Kazakhstan government on Wednesday morning and declared an emergency in Almaty, and other surrounding areas.

Analysts believe that the protests are also a reaction to the lack of democracy within the country. “Young and internet-savvy Kazakhs, especially Almaty, are likely to want similar freedoms to Ukrainians.

Protests have turned violent with reports of gunfire between protestors, state security organs such as the police and the national defense.

Today’s heavy and constant gunfire in #Kazakhstan
— Jake Hanrahan (@Jake_Hanrahan), January 5, 2022

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The global Bitcoin hash rate could be affected by the latest internet outages. Cointelegraph previously reported that 18% of global BTC mining rate distributions were in Kazakhstan as of October 2021. This is second only to the United States.

After the Chinese government’s September 2021 announcement of a renewed ban on crypto-related activities, many Chinese Bitcoin miners and mining companies began to relocate their operations in Kazakhstan.