At least six dead following protests over food distribution in Afghanistan

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At least six were killed when protesters angry over what they see as unfair food aid distribution during the coronavirus pandemic clashed with police in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province on Saturday, according to officials.

Four civilians and two police officers died in the incident, according Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.

“A delegation will be sent from Kabul to investigate today’s incident in a comprehensive manner,” he said, adding that ten police officers and nine civilians were injured.

Gulzaman Nayeb, a lawmaker representing Ghor, said that seven people were killed and more than a dozen wounded during the protest – sparked by growing discontent at the distribution allegedly favouring people with political connections.

Police had opened fire after some among the around 300 protesters threw stones, started to fire guns and tried to enter the governor’s house, said Mohammad Arif Aber, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Ghor.

He put the toll at two dead and five wounded. He denied that aid was being unfairly distributed.

Among the dead was Ahmad Naveed Khan, a local volunteer radio presenter who was sitting in his nearby shop and was hit in the head by a bullet, according to Ahmad Quraishi, Executive Director at the Afghanistan Journalists Centre.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) is looking into the “worrying reports of police firing on protesters,” its chairperson Shaharzad Akbar said on Twitter.

Rights group Amnesty International also called for an independent investigation into the use of police force.

The government has been distributing food aid around the country as the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic have led to many job losses and rising food prices.

Akbar said this week that the commission was being inundated with complaints from the public that food aid is being distributed unfairly

“We hear repeated complaints from people that the ones who are receiving the limited aid that is there are not the ones that are most deserving, they are the ones who have connections to local authorities or local officials,” she said, adding it was not possible to verify the extent to which it was happening.

Afghanistan has reported 4,033 cases of the coronavirus and 115 deaths.

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  1. Sudan needs and deserves – VERY apparently – a new GOVERNMENT. PERIOD. The Protestors there ARE CORRECT, simply, ETHICALLY — !!!

    The INDIA government’s “CHARGE” “against” a MUSLIM LEADER, is OBVIOUSLY ENTIRELY UNFOUNDED, A PLAIN IMPERTINENCE, simply. PERIOD.

    AFGHANISTAN was CONSTANTLY HAVOCED, more than opressed, BUT HAVOCED, by THE WEST and by RUSSIA’s GOVERNMENT, – AND WE NEED PEACE, JUSTICE, AND A NON-BLINDED, MODERN SIGHT, IN ALSO AFGHANISTAN —

    instead of DEATH penalty in JAPAN, BENIN, AND TEXAS, but NOWHERE, is THAT clear, – YE “GOVERNMENTS” — !!!

    This is AN EXCELLENT REPORT HERE, equal to the Michael Caine super Movie “WATER”.

    I SHALL NAUGHT FORGET.

    WHAT CAN I DO. WHAT CAN I THINK.

    I am a BIG Fan of the ASSYRIAN socalledly “ARAMAIC” old, not SO old Culture, of 1200 before Christ. Christ was good.

    I plain don’t understand, why SOME fanatics CAN MISTAKE the NAME OF CHRIST.

    … just speaking LULL, as in, “OUR LORD N SAVIOR”, YES YES, that’s nice an’ all – but not “REAL TALK”, –

    and YOU, good Sir, SURELY know, WHAT AA MEAN: WHOA:

    some TWO BILLION BLACKS MURDERED by – WHITE ! – IMPERIALISM. the horror. a horror. an evil: THE WEST. TO SOME “crucial” – but ACTUALLY – by NUMBERS OF PEOPLE – not “BIG”, but then big, up-pumped, concerted, organised evil, – which results out of incompetence, of indeed world-changing, “big” but indeed miserable abusive “decisions” of incompetent Fools, against the Humanity, against “the world”: Just watch “X-Files”, of course, shows it brilliantly, WHAT GOVERNMENTS all do as EVIL, simply.

    SECURITY depends on a SANE Mind: But, politically said, OF the Ruler. I inserted “politically said”. An AUTHORITY is Somebody, IDEALLY, Who can – “also”, but bigtime – EXPLAIN Something, is, has to be, WISE, – and not “JUST”, as in, NOT ONLY, simply, “an Authority”, but HAS to be just, ethical, – yet ALSO insightful, able, to come to indeed “NEW” Solutions, which ARE NOT harmful – surely not against Innocents, nor against the “MASS” of indeed SIMPLY MOST, of indeed really “MANY” People – who have no abusive Will, simply, and Who deserve and want to NOT be opressed, but to be SUPPORTED, TRULY helped, but of course, that MENTALLY. IT “WOULD” be simple. Watch Star Wars, and if I am in Darthie’s Helmet, then, a General doesn’t get strangled, and even One Who does EVEN THAT, if He was OPRESSED by a BIGGER but REAL Force, gets not exactly “forgiven” by “straight” as in, simply pro-Homosexual’s equal Right to live and be respected, Socialists, but at least gets even SIDED now, – as USA tried to MURDER Kim Yong Un, so Kim Yong Un is now “my” “Darth Vader”. Ok, LOL, He in RED, I in BLACKE. :]

    :]

    HAMDLA. :] Just sayin “Uannissalaam” ain’t nuff, BUT, BUT, I mean, I can’t always CAM myself. Later. 🙂 When I look like MEGATRUHN. 🙂

    When People “RISE UP” in their MINDS, and ALSO by Information, then, NO abusive government CAN exist ANYMORE, but SOLELY by the OMISSION of CRUCIAL TRUTHS by GOVERNMENTS can ENTIRE COUNTRIES and thusly MANKIND be DRIVEN into FASCISM, which IS of course NOT acceptable.

    The RUSSIAN Government in 1989 WAS BY FARTHEST not “AS BAD”, as THE CHINESE “government” was until 2007.

    CAREFULLY, political ACTS have to be by Observation, from remotely, SEPARATED from of course “REALLY CRIMINAL”, simply VIOLENT DEEDS: Whereas, of course, the REASON for ANY “Terror” Act HAS to be found out, more THAN merely any “investigated” (“fine” words won’t HELP ANYBUDDY, I CAN ASSURE THAT or I CAN JUST TYPE HERE “EY” – EY! – say I UNTO governments WARNINGLY), – which OF COURSE doesn’t say, “WE SPRING INTO THEE FIRE”, “ahaha”:

    But FANATICS and GOVERNMENTS shouldn’t abuse the phrase “LIFE is NOT A JOKE”: When some governments, many, of the west, and pawns of the west or of REAL opression, whereas LIES against good type of People in Government ARE a SWINERY, of course, – when STILL, rightwing conservative or ANYHOW opressive Elements in governments ABUSE simply POWER. THEN, GOVERNMENTS should not talk big, NOR consist of INCOMPETENT People – who might also partially ORGANISE societally IN some partially WRONG Way.

    The Hunger in non-western Countries, now also even in Afghanistan, relates simply bizarrely to the west also insofar, as that the “corona” socalled “virus” was real, led-to by dishygiene by uncareful chinese governmental ultra-capitalism, but that FLU, actually, “corona-FLU”, is now ACTUALLY OVER. The Curfew ENDS on this Monday, in now two Days, on 11th of May 2020, globally legally.

    … The US “fox” channel tried to “cling on” to the “corona effect”, them lying, “it isn’t over”.

    … wrong. it’s over. 🙂

    … maybe, Fox tries to play Corporal Clinger. cling clang lang slang dangle entangle … entangle NAUGHT a TARZAN! 🙂 Clinger, hisen Nosen, dsha, is so nicen. I always bring these zeese zings things in between, in Bit-Wien, LOL, haha, to “provoke”, yes, yes – YES! 🙂

    not YOU! 🙂

    SIR!

    I AM SO FUCKIN NOT DUCKIN PROUDE, TA BE what some called “MEGATRON”, ey. Ah!

    :]

    ROGER ROGER! 🙂

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