Around a million Afghans took to the streets of Kabul and marched to the Palace to condemn the beheading of 7 innocent Hazaras in Zabul

By: Abdul Ghafoor

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On 7th of November, loyalist to ISIS/Taliban beheaded 7 passengers who were abducted last month in Zabul province. The passengers were minority Hazaras who have been facing persecution throughout the Afghan history. The victims include 3 men, 3 women and a 9 year old girl. All the victims were beheaded with metal wires.

Afghans staged a million protest in the heart of the capital Kabul to show solidarity with the victims of the incident and say not to terrorism and inhumanity. The protest started at 7 am and continued its route to city, and the Afghan palace. Demonstrators were chanting death to Taliban, death to ISIS and we want peace and justice. The demonstrators peacefully arrived in front of the Afghan palace around 10:00 AM.

Selected MPs from Ghazni province insisted over their demands from the Afghan government on providing better security assurance to its citizens to avoid repetition of such attacks on Hazaras and Afghans over all Afghanistan.

The demonstrators demanded the government officials to come out of the palace and provide assurance to the protesters over better security and safety for the Afghan citizens. Instead, the police on duty around the palace started air shooting, and shooting at the protesters which injured around 8 protesters, the condition of those injured were later reported as stable.

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Afghan government has failed to provide security to its citizens since its establishment. The current government is known as one of the most corrupt and failed governments after the Karzai government. The highways only few kilometers from Kabul are in the control of Taliban and people can hardly travel on the highways of death to go to their provinces now.

According to a recent UN report Taliban’s reach is widest since 2001. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/world/asia/afghanistan-taliban-united-nations.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld&smtyp=cur&_r=1

International media coverage of yesterday’s protest highlighted the protest as one of the most peaceful and historic protest in the history of Afghanistan. The protest that ended on the door of Ashraf Ghani inside the Afghan palace forced the President of Afghanistan, the CEO, the interior minister and other high profiled Afghan official to call in a national security meeting and address the issue.

The president later met the protesters and assured of better security and safety for the minority Hazaras in Afghanistan.

International media coverage of the event

Nbcnews :http://www.nbcnews.com/video/afghanistans-hazara-community-protest-inaction-over-killings-564151363568

Aljazeera:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/afghans-protest-killings-hazara-isil-151110135854342.html

BBCnews:

 http: //www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34783511

Reuters:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/10/us-afghanistan-taliban-idUSKCN0SZ19420151110

NYtimes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/12/world/asia/afghanistan-protest-taliban-isis-hazara.html?_r=0

SCMPnews:

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1878061/demanding-justice-massive-protest-kabul-over-decapitation-shiite-hazaras

ABCAustralia:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-11/thousands-protest-in-afghanistan-against-hazara-murders-in-zabul/6932978

TheGuardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/11/kabul-marchers-demand-justice-for-seven-decapitated-hazaras

WallStreetJournal:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/protesters-storm-afghanistans-presidential-palace-after-beheadings-1447263058

IBTimes:http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/afghanistan-isis-militants-kidnap-kill-7-civilians-amid-heavy-fighting-taliban-1527798

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About Abdul Ghafoor

Abdul Ghafoor is a refugee rights activist and blogger stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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2 Responses to Around a million Afghans took to the streets of Kabul and marched to the Palace to condemn the beheading of 7 innocent Hazaras in Zabul

  1. Yusra says:

    That’s a large number of people, and its very sad that governments around the world are quiet about such an issue. I noticed in one of the videos you had posted on facebook, that protesters had formed a human chain on the sides and even in the front of the demonstration, with that it seems people themselves will be better to secure one another. The government has indeed failed. Shamefully sad. Hollow promises mean nothing, especially when the water has crossed over its safety mark.
    Deeply saddened by the events.

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