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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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