Thousands of families protest against evictions by Taliban in Kandahar


Thousands of Afghans gathered in front of the governor’s house in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday in a protest against the Taliban after around 3,000 families were asked to leave a residential army colony.

The colony is predominantly occupied by families of retired army generals and other members of the Afghan security forces some of whom had lived in the district for almost 30 years.

The new Taliban government had given the residents in the area three days to vacate, according to a former government official who had spoken to some of those affected.

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

Sporadic protests against the Taliban, who swept to power in Afghanistan with the capture of Kabul almost a month ago, have ended in occasionally deadly clashes, although there were no confirmed reports of violence on Tuesday.

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

The United Nations said on Friday the Taliban’s response to peaceful protests was becoming increasingly violent. (Source: CNA)