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Afghan Communist Militia Kill 13 In Uprising

From the DNC’s Al Jazeera:

Protesters hold pictures of General Abdul Rashid Dostum, a powerful military commander in the Afghan north, in Shiberghan capital of the northern province of Jowzjan May 28, 2007.

Protesters die in Afghan firing

At least 13 people have been killed and more than 32 wounded in Afghanistan when police opened fire to break up a protest against Juma Khan Hamdard, a provincial governor, witnesses say.

More than 1,000 people threw stones at several government offices in Shiberghan, the capital of Jowzjan province, on Monday.

Witnesses said police fired to stop the protesters from raiding the offices.

Rohullah Samun, a provincial government spokesman, said the protesters were supporters of General Abdul Rashid Dostum, who has been a powerful military commander in the Afghan north for several years.

Naqibullah, a doctor at Shiberghan’s main hospital, said: “We’ve got 13 dead and 35 wounded.”

Samun confirmed the casualties but said they were caused by the protesters.

He said police had fired into the air to disperse the protesters who had staged an “uprising against the provincial government” and wanted to bring down the government flag and install that of Dostum’s faction.

He said: “They were militias of Dostum.”

The interior ministry said “tens of gunmen” of Dostum tried to disarm the police and that four police were wounded in the shooting.

The protests came to an end by midday after troops stationed in key government buildings were brought in to help police…

Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek and a former communist, has been involved in a series of coups and regime changes in nearly three decades of Afghan violence

Leave it to Al Jazeera to call this a “protest.”

Apparently old communists never die — or even fade away.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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