Residents in Afghanistan’s Kandahar protest alleged Taliban expulsions from homes

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The protesters marched in front of the governor’s office in the city after two demonstrators told a local reporter working for Granthshala over the phone that 3,500 people living in a government residential area were given three days to leave.

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The protesters, who are also residents of the area, said they were not given a reason for the eviction order.

“I have nowhere else to go,” said one protester, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal. She said that she was poor after losing several members of her family in recent conflicts.

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The woman said that all the families in the area built their own house with little money and could not afford to move.

According to eyewitnesses, the Taliban harassed several women protesting with the red, black and green Afghan national flag. Local television footage showed protesters, including women and children, blocking them as they walked down the street.

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Mohammad Ibrahim, a civic activist in Kandahar, said that the Farka-e Kohna area, on the edge of the provincial capital, was a state-owned area and that land had been distributed to government employees under the previous government. Ibrahim said there were possible irregularities and corruption involved in the transfer of properties, resulting in illegal sale of properties to residents. He said that some families were living in Farka-e Kohna for more than 20 years.

A Taliban spokesman could not be reached for comment on the expulsion.

According to the local news station, Millat Zag Radio, there were reports that the Taliban had stopped a local journalist from doing his job and beat up another while covering the demonstration. Granthshala could not independently confirm the events.

Local residents marched against an alleged announcement by the Taliban to ask them to evict their homes on government land in Kandahar on 14 September.
Protests against the Taliban regime have erupted in many parts of Afghanistan as the militant group took control of the country following the withdrawal of US troops last month. The Taliban have often violently cracked down on protests, with reports of journalists and activists being detained and abused.
Last week, journalists from Afghan online news outlet Atilataroz told Granthshala that they were detained while covering protests by Afghan women against Pakistani involvement in Afghanistan and demands for equal rights in the capital, Kabul. The protest was outside a police station and two men said they were taken inside and beaten up badly.
During another protest last week, Taliban fighters used whips and sticks against a group of women protesting in Kabul, following the announcement of a radical, male-only interim government.
Taliban fighters use whip against Afghan women opposing all-male interim government

Taliban leaders on Twitter dismissed videos of violence being shared online at women-led protests. The head of the Cultural Commission, Muhammad Jalal, said that these demonstrations were “a deliberate attempt to create problems”, adding that “these people do not even represent 0.1% of Afghanistan.”

The Taliban have also sought to curtail the protests, and a statement released last week by the Taliban’s interior ministry set strict conditions for any future demonstrations, including prior approval from the Justice Ministry.

The United Nations last week called on the Taliban to “immediately end the use of force and the arbitrary detention of journalists who exercise their right to peaceful assembly and cover protests.”

The Taliban’s response to a peaceful march in Afghanistan has been “increasingly violent” and included the use of ammunition, batons and whips, which killed at least four people, Raveena Shamdasani, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Friday. said during one. Press conference in Geneva.

Even before the Taliban returned to power, prolonged conflict, poverty, successive droughts, economic decline and the coronavirus pandemic worsened an already dire situation in which 18 million Afghans – nearly half the population – died. was required. Help, According to United Nations agencies.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said earlier this week that winter is approaching, many people may be short of food by the end of the month, and poverty rates have risen since the Taliban’s return to power. .

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