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Sounding horns, protesters return to Kabul streets

Sounding horns, protesters return to Kabul streets

Jul 04, 2017 - 01:54

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Anti-government protests resumed in Kabul on Monday when vehicles carrying the demonstrators drove through the streets of the central capital sounding horns.

The protest movement named “Rastakhez Taghir” (resurrection for change) renewed their previous demands of resignation of the president and the chief executive officer (CEO) and removal of security bosses.

The protestors in hundreds carried pink flags (Rastakhez Taghir movement flags) and emerged on the Kabul streets in the morning, chanting slogans against the government leaders.

The march was part of continuation of sit-ins and protests following a deadly truck bomb attack in Kabul in which hundreds of people were killed and wounded on May 31.

Starting from Lab-i-Jar square of Khair Khana area, the protestors drove their vehicles towards Macro Ryan Chaharam residential blocks east of Kabul.

They chanted slogans “Ghani and Abdullah are killers, the government is not legitimate, we sacrificed and our blood would write ---justice, justice and “death to the murderous leaders.”

Previously the same protestors had pitched tents on roads at different locations of Kabul before they were forcibly removed, but this time they emerged in vehicles driving through the streets and sounding horns. This continued until around 1pm when the protestors read a resolution letter.

A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter, who accompanying the rally, said most of the protestors were youth and there were only two girls among them. The protestors would start sounding horns and chanting slogans upon crossing security organs, the reporter noticed.

The demonstrators were demanding punishment of those who ordered fire at protestors, removal of top security officials including National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) Chief Mohammad Masum Stanikzai and Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid.

The resolution letter which was shared with the media said: “We once again stress that arbitrary actions and law violations by President Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah are posing a great threat to the country’s security system, therefore we want these two men (Ghani and Abdullah) to resign for their failure to manage and prevent anarchism in the country.”

The Rastakhez Taghir movement also asked the United Nations and human rights organizations to prevent “arbitrary actions of corrupt leaders” of the government and do not allow the worldinfo-icon body’s efforts to be wasted to ‘a totalitarian circle.’

One of the speakers, Asif Ashna, said they once again took to the streets for seeking their legitimate and civil rights.

“We come out to demand fundamental reforms in politics and removal of suspicious individuals from leadership of security institutes but the government used gun to silence our voice,” he said.

Abdul Manan Shiwai Sharq, another protestor, said the government should not think the Afghan people would stop protesting. They would continue rallying until death and until their demands were answered, he warned.

In the massive truck bombing, more than 350 people were killed and 150 others wounded in Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic quarter of Kabul.

The protests continued for several days despite four demonstrators were killed, including a lawmaker’s son, and 10 others were wounded in clashes with police. Days later, another two protestors were killed and 11 more wounded when police tried to remove their protest tents on June 21.


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