Anti-government protesters in Kazakhstan’s main city, Almaty, have stormed the mayor’s office on a second day of protests over fuel prices.

Thousands of people took to the streets on Wednesday despite a state of emergency in some areas.

On Tuesday the president dismissed the government and said lower fuel prices would be restored.

Protests are rare in the oil-rich former Soviet country, which is tightly controlled by the government.

In Almaty police fired stun grenades and tear gas at a crowd of several thousand protesters, but were unable to stop them from entering the mayor’s office, AFP reports.