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Monday, May 16, 2016

Reuters: Kabul locked down as Afghan authorities face power line protest


KABUL | BY MIRWAIS HAROONI


Demonstrators from Afghanistan's Hazara minority attend a protest in Kabul May 16, 2016.
REUTERS/MOHAMMAD ISMAIL

Thousands of demonstrators from Afghanistan's Hazara minority marched through Kabul on Monday to protest against the planned route of a multi-million dollar power transmission line, posing a major challenge to the government of President Ashraf Ghani.

Some protesters threw stones and tried to climb over shipping containers stacked up to block the streets into Kabul's government and diplomatic areas but no significant violence was reported by mid-morning.

The demonstrators are demanding that the planned route for the 500 kV transmission line linking Turkmenistan with Kabul be changed to pass through two provinces with large Hazara populations, an option the government says would cost millions and delay the badly needed project by years.... Continue Reading... 

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