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Ongoing anti-govt protest in Kabul expands

Ongoing anti-govt protest in Kabul expands

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Jun 06, 2017 - 20:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The anti-government protest in Kabul entered a fourth day on Tuesday, when the demonstrators erected another two tents near the site of a powerful truck bombing that killed and wounded hundreds.

The truck bomb attack on Wednesday killed 150 people and wounded another 350, raising concerns about the government’s security policy.

Two days later on Friday, hundreds of people took to the streets in the capital, demanding investigation into the security breach, days ahead of a conference in Kabul.

The protest turned violent and seven protestors were killed and 10 others were wounded in clashes with police guarding the Presidential Palace. Twenty-five police were also wounded.

Next day (Saturday), three back to back suicide bombings struck a funeral ceremony for the son of a lawmaker, who was among the slain protestors. The blasts killed seven people and wounded 119.

On the first day of their protest (Friday), the protestors erected a tent near the truck bombing site and erected another two tents at the same venue on Tuesday.

One of the tents has been erected in front of the National Directorate of Security hospital and the second at the Labjar square in Khairkhana area.

The protestors on Friday had demanded of the government to investigate recent security incidents in Kabul and remove and prosecute top security officials over their failure to protect citizens.

One of the protestors, Firdaus Aryai, said: “As long as our demands are not met, we will not end our protest. We are expecting such protest tents in other parts of Kabul and provinces.”

Abdul Khabir, another protestor, said they would continue their protest until their demands were positively responded and changes were brought to the system.

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