Afghans Protest Against "Devil" Ahmadinejad and Iran
Hundreds of Afghan protesters carried signs condemning “Devil” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his forces for dumping refugees back into Afghanistan.
Iran evicted 25,000 Afghan refugees in the span of a few days.
An Afghan demonstrator holds a banner, which says ‘ Islam has no border’ during a protest in front of the Iranian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, May 1, 2007. Hundreds of Afghans demonstrated against the deportation of Afghan refugees living in Iran as refugee in the past two and half decades of war and the invasion in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
Afghan protestors shout slogans during a protest in front of the Iranian embassy in Kabul May 1, 2007. Hundreds of Afghans protested against the forced repartition of Afghan refugees from Iran. Afghanistan’s government on Sunday called on neighbouring Iran to suspend the repatriation of Afghan refugees. (REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)
Hundreds of Afghanistan citizens marched the streets of Kabul and rallied in front of the Iranian Embassy Tuesday:
Hundreds of people rallied in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul Tuesday to protest against Iran’s expulsion of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, witnesses said.
Some 500 people marched from western Kabul to the Iranian embassy carrying banners condemning Tehran’s action.
One of the banners described Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his forces as “devils.”
“Islam has no borders, we condemn Iran’s brutal act,” the banner said.
Iran launched a drive to expel the refugees April 21 and sent back some 25,000 within the space of a few days, prompting strong protests by the Afghan government.
Iran’s interior minister Mostafa Pour Mohammadi has said that the government planned to send back around 500,000 refugees in the first phase.
Afghan interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said that Tuesday’s protest was peaceful.
On Sunday Afghanistan called on Iran to stop the expulsions, saying that the destitute country could not afford to resettle the refugees.
Around 20,000 refugees were dropped across the border in Afghanistan’s Nimroz province, among them women who were picked up from the streets and who had left family members behind, Nimroz governor Ghulam Dastageer Azad has said.
“Among the forced returnees here, there are women who have left family members in Iran, there are people who have left their accounts unsettled in Iran,” said Azad.
Afghan protestors shout slogans during a protest in front of the Iranian embassy in Kabul May 1, 2007. Hundreds of Afghans protested against the forced repartition of Afghan refugees from Iran. (Reuters)