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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

France 24: Can a pipeline route kill Afghan Hazara pipe dreams?

© Wakil Kohsar, AFP / An Afghan protester holds a kerosene lamp at a Kabul protest over the TUTAP electricity project on May 16, 2016.

Text by Leela JACINTO

Latest update : 2016-05-17

Anger among Afghanistan’s minority Hazara group over the rerouting of a planned power transmission line is exposing old ethnic fault lines in a very modern way.

It was not the sort of showdown the august gathering at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a venerable London-based think tank, typically appreciates.

On Thursday, May 12, as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was addressing a gathering at the 185-year-old British institution, an audience member stood up and proceeded to heckle the Afghan leader.

“You’re a liar,” said the heckler, pointing at the Afghan president as the grey-suited gathering stiffened their upper lips and stared resolutely ahead. Afghan security quickly descended on the protester, who bore the distinctive Central Asian features of a Hazara -- a historically persecuted minority now flexing their democratic muscles -- and hustled him out of the room...Continue Reading....

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