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Wrapped in shrouds, Heratis set month-long deadline for govt

Wrapped in shrouds, Heratis set month-long deadline for govt

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Jul 19, 2017 - 16:12

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Wearing grave shrouds, hundreds of residents of western Herat province on Wednesday staged a demonstration, giving the government a month-long deadline to meet their demands.

They included civil societyinfo-icon activists, public representatives and common people who asked the government to improve security, eliminate corruption, create jobs, ensure civil rights of people and end discrimination against the people of Herat.

Nazir Ahmad Salehi, head of the Herat youth council, said people’s voices could not be heard because the central government was corrupt.  He said their protest rally was aimed at seeking justice for the unemployed youth, families of the martyrs and widows.

Abdullah, another civil society activist, said: “We wear shroud to show the we can go to any extent for our rights. We want the president to through away corrupt individual in the system.”

The protesters said they regretted electing the incumbent government and demanded the unity government leaders to immediately resign.

They also accused the central government of subjecting Herat to a step-motherly treatment when it came to development projects.

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