Protest camps bring Kabul to a standstill

Protest camps bring Kabul to a standstill

KABUL // It is a busy working day yet Afghanistan’s capital is almost at a standstill. Nine days ago frustrated Afghans took to the streets, after a lorry stuffed with explosives blew up in the diplomatic district of Kabul.

More than 150 people were killed and 650 injured — the highest number of casualties in any attack since the fall of the Taliban.

For the citizens of Kabul, it was a tipping point. Hundreds took to the streets in protest — and they stayed there, setting up tented camps at major traffic junctions in six areas of the capital.

Their grievances are about the lack of security which puts their lives in jeopardy every day. They are demanding the resignations of president Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the two heads of state of the National Unity Government (NUG) of Afghanistan.

But what they want even more is the removal of the heads of security.

“We are facing increasing threats to our security by the day; we are dying in large numbers. So whatever the security organs of the government are doing is clearly not working,” said Haroon Motaref, whom the protesters have chosen as their representative to the government.

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