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Hundreds rally in Kabul against Quran burning

Hundreds rally in Kabul against Quran burning

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Apr 07, 2011 - 16:33

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Hundreds of people in Kabul on Thursday staged a protest demonstration against the March 20 Quraninfo-icon burning incident in Florida, asking foreign soldiers to leave Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The demonstration involving more than 300 people was carried out in front of Eidgah Mosqueinfo-icon to condemn the burning a copy of the holy Quran by a fundamentalist Christian preacher in Florida, US.

During the hour long protest, from 7:00am till 8:00am, the demonstrators chanted slogans such as "America supports violence," "US is terrorist, murderer,"

The demonstration that came a day after hundreds of people, mostly university students, held a similar protest, called for trial of the Christian preacher.

The Thursday's demonstration was arranged by the Afghan Societyinfo-icon for Social Reform and Development (ASSRD).

"Burning the holy Quran is the defeat of US and enemies of Islam," a participant, Mullahinfo-icon Abdul Salam Abid, told Pajhwok Afghan News. He asked Afghan officials not to keep silence on the issue.

Ziaullah, another participant, accused US soldiers of insecurity in the country. "We don’t need US soldiers anymore because they are responsible for violence here," he said.

Protestors warned to continue their protests until the US pastor was punished.

Several people, including 10 UN workers, have been killed and several others wounded as previous such protests against the Quran burning had turned violent in northern Balkh and southern Kandahar provinces.

At Kabul's demonstration on Thursday, protestors through a resolution called for trial of the US pastor. They said if the priest he was not put on trial, they would hold the US government for the incident.

The resolution also asked the Afghan government to intensify its efforts at reconciling with the anti-government elements to pave the ground for the exit of foreign troops from Afghanistan. "We ask the Afghan government to pave the ground for the withdrawal of foreign soldiers as soon as possible," it concluded.

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