‘Leave our country’: Protesters in Afghanistan gather to decry ‘US, NATO occupation’

Protesters took to the streets of the Afghan capital, Kabul on Friday to demand an end to the “American occupation” as the country marks 16 years since the beginning of the US and NATO invasion.

Hundreds took to the streets, according to RT’s Ruptly video news agency, shouting anti-American and anti-NATO slogans. Protesters carried banners in both English and local languages, reading “Yankees go home.”

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Kabul - October 6, 2017: Today a group to SPA members and supporters gather to express their protest on the eve of 16th year of occupation of Afghanistan by US and Nato. They were carrying the banner, “In Presence of US, Nato and Their Minions, There Will Be No Peace and Prosperity in Afghanistan!” They were also carrying the placards with victims of US and Nato forces air strikes and texts such as “No to Occupation!”, “No to US Military Bases in Afghanistan!”, “No to US & NATO Forces in Afghanistan!”, “US/NATO Massacre: A Challenge to the World’s Conscience!”, “US Military Bases = Bloodshed in Afghanistan!”, “Afghan Women’s Emancipation: Struggle Against Occupation and Fundamentalism!”

Bamyan’s Cave Dwellers

On a cold day in the winter of 1395, I stopped by a cave dwelling family near one of the destroyed Buddha statues. While most Bamianians are poor, Bamian’s cave dwellers symbolize people’s extreme poverty.

Pain and Desolation of Baqir-ul-Uloom Mosque Tragedy Survivors

On November 21, 2016, the ignorant Daesh conducted a suicide attack targeting the religious ceremony of our people in Baqir-ul-Uloom mosque in Kabul leaving 57 dead and tens of innocent injured.

I met a few families who lost their loved ones in this heart-wrenching tragedy and they gave me a complete list of the victims too.

Justice for the Karkar Coal Miners’ Blood
Hussain S/O Safdar and Hanif S/O Bahman Ali

On Jan 7, 2016 at around 1300 hours, masked men attacked the car of Karkar coal miners in Tala and Barfak district of Baghlan province, killing eight and injuring three.

These 18 coal miners were from Daikundi province (worked in the mine to feed their families) and while returning home to their families, their car was stopped (in Anardara Bridge, Tala and Barfak district of Baghlan province) by six masked men identifying themselves as Daesh and shot down for belonging to Hazara community and Shi’a sect. In this horrible crime, eight of our countrymen were killed and their names are:

US Airstrikes Massacred Afghan Civilians in Kunduz

US Air Force massacred more than 30 Afghan civilians in a bombardment on 3rd November 2016, Thursday, at 22:00 in the Koze Kandahari area of Kunduz City.

Hundreds of Kunduz residents in protest against this heinous crime, marched in Kunduz City, carrying corpses of the victims. The protestors chanted slogans against US occupiers and as well as their local lackeys. They demanded punishment for the perpetrators of this horror and immediate withdrawal of foreign occupying forces from Afghanistan.

US Drone Attacks Killed Civilians in Achin District of Afghanistan

28 September 2016: Villagers in Shidal village of Achin, Kunar – Afghanistan, had gathered to attend a returned Haji (pilgrimage). While busy preparing lunch for the guests, US’s two jet fighters and one drone attacked the mob, killing 14 people and wounded 16.

Anti - Gulbuddin Hekmatyar protest in Kabul

Source: Anadolu Images; September 22, 2016

SPA Protest Against Treaty With Gulbuddin

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - SEPTEMBER 22: Protesters hold placards during an anti- Gulbuddin Hekmatyar demonstration held by the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan, in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 22, 2016. Reportedly, a draft peace agreement between Hizb-e-Islami led by Gulbadin Hekmatyar and the Afghan government was signed in Kabul Afghanistan on 22 September.

‎‎SPA Protest Gathering Against Treaty With Gulbuddin Rocketyar

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22 September 2016: A number of Solidarity Party’s member and Kabul citizens staged a protest gathering against “peace” treaty with bloodthirsty Gulbuddin. The protestors chanted slogans, expressing they will never forgive Gulbuddin and his crime partners, adding that his arrival will have no benefit for our people but to complete the ring of the criminals within the government. The Solidarity Party of Afghanistan (SPA) realizes that the real peace only in prosecution and depowering of criminals. In past SPA has expressed its voice against other fundamentalist warlords.

Remembering Marjan, A Tormented Lion Alike the People of This Homeland

The four decades of war and destruction not only brought unfortunate and sorrowful pain to people of Afghanistan, but showed no mercy to animals and greeneries as well. The wildlife and jungles were destroyed during the war and three were cut down by Jihadi commanders to be sold as timber in Pakistan. Books can be written to mention the harsh realities, but the painful story of Marjan is enough to project the condition of all animals in the country.

20 Civilians Killed in US Airstrike in Afghan Province, Government and Media Silent

According to reports received from Minari village of Khushamand district, Paktika province, more than 20 civilians were killed in an airstrike by US forces on August 12, 2016. Among the victims were Dr. Wirishman and members of his family, including women and children. The photos of the martyred were circulated on Facebook and showed the blood soaked bodies of Dr. Wirishman, his two sons, daughter, and cousin.

‎‎Protest Gathering of SPA Condemning the Dark Days of 28th and 27th April

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Kabul; 26 April 2016: Members and supporters of SPA gathered to condemning the dark days of 8th and 7th Saur – 28th and 27th April, and chanted the slogan, without the prosecution of criminals our people will never see peace and prosperity. Women and men, participating in the gathering, were hold the placards depicting the pictures of victims of four decades of war.

Protesters mark one year since mob killing of Afghan woman

Source: Daily Mail; March 17, 2016

Unveiling of Shaheed Farkhunda Monument by Solidarity Party of Afghanistan

Wearing masks bearing an impression of her bloodied face, dozens of Afghans protested in Kabul Thursday to demand justice for a woman savagely killed a year ago after being falsely accused of blasphemy.

The mob killing of the 27-year-old woman known as Farkhunda in broad daylight last March triggered angry nationwide protests and drew global attention to the treatment of Afghan women.

Protesters, some with fake blood on their faces, chanted "Justice for Farkhunda!" on the banks of Kabul River where the frenzied mob turned on her.

Unveiling of Shaheed Farkhunda Monument by Solidarity Party of Afghanistan

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17 March 2016, Kabul: After one year of the lynching of Afghan girl, Farkhunda, members and supporters of Solidarity Party of Afghanistan (SPA) gathered to unveil the Sheheed Farkhunda Monument to be a symbol of seeking justice for emancipation and struggle of Afghan women from captivity of fundamentalism and occupation.

Hambastagi Representative Meetings with Turkish and Kurdish Revolutionaries

Ubaid Kabir, representative of Solidarity Parity of Afghanistan – SPA, had a visit to Turkey on November 2015 to meet the freedom-loving and progressive organizations and individuals. In the visit, arranged by Coordinamento Italiano di Sostegno alle Donne Afghane (CISDA), he met the political parties and human rights defending organizations in Istanbul and Diyarbakir.

Sabahat Tuncel and Ubaid Kabir
Sabahat Tuncel and Ubaid Kabir

His first meeting was with Sabahat Tuncel and Ertuğrul Kurkcu, the honorary co-leaders of People’s Democratic Party (HDP). Ms. Tuncel, whose second home is prison, was imprisoned by Turkey’s government on the allegations of links with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and from inside her cell, she nominated herself in the parliamentary election, where she won with more than 90,000 votes from Istanbul. A revolutionary walking from prison cell directly to the parliament. Mr. Kurkcu is the only revolutionary saved from Kizildere Massacre in the 1970s. In the meeting, both sides mostly spoke about the struggle against fundamentalism in the region.