Thousands of Afghans took to the streets to protest in the city of Kandahar after the Taliban asked them to leave a military compound.
Protesters gathered in front of the governor’s house in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, on the afternoon of September 14, after about 3,000 families were asked to leave the military compound. The group of protesters then blocked a road in the city of Kandahar.
Those asked to leave are mainly the families of retired army generals and security force officials from the former Afghan government.
According to a former Afghan government official, the families had lived in the compound for the past 30 years and were suddenly asked by the Taliban to leave within three days.
A Taliban spokesman would not immediately comment on the report.
Earlier sporadic protests against the Taliban also took place across Afghanistan and ended in clashes, but violence did not appear to have erupted during the September 14 march.
Taliban leaders have pledged to investigate any case of their members’ mistreatment of civilians, but have also asked protesters to seek permission from authorities before marching. The United Nations last weekend accused the Taliban’s response to peaceful protests of becoming more and more violent.
Ngoc Anh (Follow Reuters)