Thousands protest eviction against Taliban in Kandahar

Thousands protest eviction against Taliban in Kandahar
Protest march against Taliban's decision in Kandahar
In this still image taken from video, people take out a protest march against the Taliban’s decision to force them to leave their homes on September 14, 2021 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Handout via ASVAKA News Agency / REUTERS

September 14, 2021

(Reuters) – Thousands of Afghans protested against the Taliban in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday after residents were asked to vacate a residential army colony, according to a former government official and local television footage.

According to a former government official who witnessed the crowd, the protesters gathered in front of the Governor’s House in Kandahar after about 3,000 families were asked to leave the colony.

Local media footage showed crowds of people jamming a road in the city.

The affected area is mainly occupied by the families of retired army generals and other members of the Afghan security forces.

The families, some of whom had been living in the district for nearly 30 years, were given three days to evacuate, the official, who spoke to some of those affected, said.

Taliban spokesmen did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the evictions.

Sporadic protests against the Taliban, which came to power in Afghanistan by capturing Kabul nearly a month ago, have sometimes ended in deadly clashes, although there was no confirmed violence on Tuesday.

Taliban leaders have vowed to investigate any incidents of abuse, but have ordered protesters to seek permission before holding protests.

The United Nations said on Friday that the Taliban’s response to peaceful protests was becoming increasingly violent.

(Reporting by Islamabad Newsroom; Writing by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Mike Collett-White)

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