Monday, April 4, 2011

Three killed in Afghanistan on the third day of protests by the burning of the Koran

Kabul. .- Three people were killed and dozens wounded in Afghanistan on the third day of protests against the burning of a Quran in a U.S. church, which cost more than a dozen lives since Friday. Between 3,000 and 4,000 people took to the streets in the provinces of Nangarhar (east), Kapisa (center), Kandahar (south), Badakhshan (northeastern) and Parwan (north), Efe said spokesman Afghan Interior Ministry, Zemarai Bashary.

The most serious events, as happened on Saturday, took place in the city of Kandahar, where protesters set fire to a police station traffic, causing the explosion of a gas cylinder that left several injured. "A policeman and two civilians have been killed in protests in Kandahar. There is another officer in critical condition in hospital," he told Efe the government spokesman in Kandahar province, Zalmai Ayubi, who rose to forty the number of wounded.

This Saturday, at least nine demonstrators were shot dead by police in the city as part of protests against the public burning of a Quran last March 20 at a church in Florida (USA.) By two evangelical pastors. According to Ayubi, who at the beginning maintained that the protests were "peaceful", today all roads were cut and the shops failed to open its doors in the city, the largest in the south.

In the district of Panjwai, in the same province, the protests were violent, and protesters threw stones at security forces and wounded three policemen. In addition, hundreds of students took to the streets in the eastern province of Nangarhar, with a request for legal action against those responsible for the burning of the Koran, told Efe provincial government spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai.

"This event (the burning of the Koran) should be condemned by the president, Senate and U.S. Congress. UU. Should be positioned to prevent a recurrence," he said in a statement today, Afghan President Hamid Karzai. So far, twenty people, including seven employees of the UN-Afghan victims have died in the protests, the authorities have attributed to the insurgents, although the Taliban have denied any relationship with them.

Earlier today, U.S. President, Barack Obama, said the desecration of the Koran is "an act of extreme intolerance" and sent condolences to the families of those killed in the attack on UN personnel, registered on Friday. The head of the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Staffan de Mistura, said Saturday at a press conference not to "blame the Afghans, but the person who burned the Koran." The burning of the Koran took place in a small church in Florida, at the hands of evangelical pastors Wayne Sapp and Terry Jones, and the latter has said he does not feel responsible for the consequences of their actions.

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