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University students stage anti-US protest

University students stage anti-US protest

Oct 05, 2011 - 17:37

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Hundreds of university students took to the streets to protest the arrest of four fellows by US forces in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday.

The students said coalition troops had detained four students of the Shariahinfo-icon Faculty on charges of having links to Talibaninfo-icon and Al Qaeda.

Newlywed Latifullah, son of Syed Hakim ,and Mohammad Ismail, son of Abdul Shukur, were arrested during an overnight operation. The demonstration began at 9am and ended at around 11am.

One of the protestors, Sardar Wali Rahmati, told Pajhwok Afghan News: "The operation was an aggressive act by the occupying troops who netted a student on the second night of his marriage."

Chanting "death to America, death to Pakistaninfo-icon and death to Iran”, the protestors blocked the Kabulinfo-icon-Jalalabad highway in Daronta district and warned to continue demonstrations if their demand was not met.

They wore white and green headbands inscribed with Kalma Tayyeba.

Matin Yusufzai, another protestor, said: "We will continue our demonstration and blockade of the highway until the students are released."

After setting ablaze an effigy of US President Barack Obama, they also issued a four-article resolution, calling the foreign forces occupation troops, invaders and crusaders.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) press office in the east told Pajhwok that the students were arrested by soldiers, who had come from the Bagram Airfield.

mbg /mud


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