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Angry youth shuts Labour Ministry’s gate during protest

Angry youth shuts Labour Ministry’s gate during protest

Nov 01, 2015 - 11:52

KABUL (Pajhwok): Angry protestors on Sunday blocked the main entrance gate to the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) during a protest demonstration against what they said growing unemployment and poor performance of the ministry to generate jobs for youth.

A mammoth crowd, calling themselves as members of a ‘Youth Movement Against Joblessness’ gathered in front of the ministry’s entrance gate at around 7am and blocked the ministry officials from entering their offices.

The protestors chanted slogans, “We are jobless,” “we are disappointed by the incompetent government”, we want jobs” and “we show red cards to the ineffective government.”

One of the participants, Ibrahim Shahryar from western Herat province, said they would continue blocking the ministry’s gate until their demands were addressed.

He said they had been protesting for two months in front of the parliament by erecting tents, but the government officials and parliament members did not pay attention to them.

Kamila Afzali, who received bachelor’s degree in political science from Kabul University, said: “We ask the government to stop giving a large amount of US dollars to useless officials, advisors and MPs in monthly salaries and instead generate jobs for the youths.” She said the growing drug addiction and insecurities were due to joblessness.

An MoLSAMD official, wishing anonymity, acknowledged the protestors’ concerns and said the issue would be shared with the authorities concerned.


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