Afghan Protesters Shout: ‘Death to America,’ ‘Death to Christians’
September 15, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—The toxic combination of the much-publicized inflammatory Islamophobia sweeping across the United States, together with upcoming parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, has triggered a number of anti-American protests in and around the capital city of Kabul. The demonstration on Wednesday was the largest and most violent, drawing 10,000 protesters chanting “Death to America” that ended with bloody clashes with police.
The angry protesters carried the white flags used by the Taliban, while shouting ‘”Death to America,” “Death to Christians,” and “Death to Karzai.”‘
It’s not clear if there was a fatality during the clash with police, but over 30 Afghan police officers were reported injured, as well as a dozen civilians.
The demonstration turned violent, when police fired into the air and the protesters responded by attacking the police with stones and sticks.
At the Pul-e-Kandahari, or Kandahar bridge in Kabul, police were ordered to advance toward one group of hundreds of protesters who were throwing stones and shouting “Death to American slaves” at police.
Police were seen firing into the air and dragging away several protesters. At one point, volleys of gunfire could be heard. The protesters scattered, some sheltering in nearby houses in the mainly ethnic Pashtun and Tajik area of Kabul.
The New York Times writes:
Many of the recent protests are widely believed to be organized by political candidates who are trying to gain political clout by rallying around anti-American sentiments ahead of Saturday’s parliamentary elections.
“The people are being misused,” said Mir Ahmad Joyanda, a member of Parliament from Kabul Province. “Maybe it’s not the candidates themselves, but their agents, their people are motivating the illiterate, uneducated who are very strong Muslims and love the Koran.”
The Taliban has threatened to disrupt the Parliamentary elections.