Thursday, May 19, 2011

Eleven killed and fifty injured in a demonstration at a German headquarters in Afghanistan

Eleven dead and over fifty injured is the result of the protest signed yesterday to a German army barracks Taluk, Tojar province in northeastern Afghanistan. A crowd of two thousand people demonstrated after the night before a command of U.S. forces killed four people, two women in a nearby town Gawmali.

The city, with a majority of Uzbek and tadjica population, has little tradition of supporting the Taliban insurgency. According to NATO's command were killed by the insurgent Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan ", whose activities are on the rise in northern Afghanistan. As the population were civilians.

The protest demonstration carrying the bodies of the dead, gathered in front of the barracks, where the Germans kept a contingent of 40 soldiers. An interior ministry spokesman in Kabul said the protest turned violent, with stone-throwing, and even Molotov cocktails and grenades. "The German troops did not fire directly at demonstrators, although some bullets may have killed people," he said in a statement confused the provincial governor, Abdul-Jabar Taqwa.

Two German soldiers and four Afghan guards were wounded. Last week a UN seat was taken by assault in Mazari-Sharif with the result of seven dead donors. The news of this uprising in Berlin coincided with the introduction of the reform plan of the German army, led by Minister Thomas de Maiziere.

Among other things it is increasing in 7000 to 10,000 men, the German military contingent interventions abroad. Germany, as the fourth largest economy in the world, must assume its international responsibilities by sending troops abroad, the minister explained. "If prosperity requires responsibility, then that should apply to German security policy," he said, echoing a doctrine that since the nineties, contradicts the constitutional concept of defensive and non-interventionist army after the war.

The surge for outside intervention will be combined with an overall reduction of about 45,000 troops, from the current 220,000 to about 180,000. De Maziere reform continues his predecessor, Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg, who had to resign in March by the scandal of plagiarism of his doctoral thesis.

Guttenberg said then that he would leave De Maiziere "house in order." The reality, agree observers across the political spectrum, is that his "biggest reform of the Bundeswehr's history" was a very sloppy compared to his doctoral thesis. The popular abolition of military service and the budget estimates have created a myriad of problems.

Promoted to "most popular politician in Germany" by a media campaign, Guttenberg is emerging as a political prototype focused on its image above all other considerations.

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