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Anti-government protest enters 3rd day in Kabul

Anti-government protest enters 3rd day in Kabul

Jun 04, 2017 - 17:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The protest against latest wave of terrorism and government’s failure to ensure security in the country entered a third day on Sunday near the Presidential Palace.

Following a powerful truck bomb attack which killed 90 people and wounded more than 450, a protest demonstration attended by more than a thousand people in downtown Kabul on Friday turned violent.

About seven protestors, including a lawmaker’s son, were killed and 10 others were wounded in the riot that also left 25 police injured.

During Friday's demonstration, the protesters called for the government leadership to resign and attempted to move closer to the Presidential Palace.

While the funeral for the son of Meshrano Jirga deputy chairman, Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, was attacked in Badam Bagh area of Kabul on Saturday. Ezedyar’s son was killed along with several others during Friday’s protest demonstration.

Three explosions took place at Salem Ezedyar’s funeral attended by government officials and parliament members. Public Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Waheed Majrooh had said seven dead bodies and 119 injured people had been evacuated to various hospitals from the scene.

A number of the demonstrators remained in two tents at the site of the massive suicide attack near the Presidential Palace on Sunday, chanting slogans against the unity government’s leadership.

All roads and areas leading to the Presidential Palace have been blocked by security forces and passers-by and vehicles aren’t allowed to commute.

They chanted ‘death to Ashraf Ghani’ and ‘death to Abdullah’. They demand Ghani and Abdullah resign.

Shafaq Siaposh, a protestor, said they would continue their protest until justice was delivered to them and until their demands were met.

He held the government leadership and security authorities responsible for the massacre of innocent people in latest terrorist incidents.

Mayal Agha Khaksar, a religious scholar, who joined the protestors today, said: “I haven’t been invited, but I myself joined my brothers in this duty of every citizen to stand against a cruel and weak government.”

He said suicide attacks were illegitimate in Islam, asking clerics and citizens to take to the streets for justice, security, stability and for establishment of a responsive interim government.

Nasima, 35, whose husband has been missing since Wednesday’s deadly attack, said: “My husband was a laboratorian but had no job. On that day he was out to find a job for himself but went missing after Wednesday’s bombing in Wazir Akbar Khan.”

Nasima, who have four children, said she had visited and searched all hospitals but was unable to find her husband.

She asked the government leaders to seriously address citizens’ problems or step down and leave their posts for competent persons.


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