Anti-US demonstrations continue in Afghan cities

The condemnation of reported desecration of Holy Quran by US military has entered its fifth day Saturday in Afghanistan as people in several cities and towns staged demonstrations to register their anger, Afghan sources said.

"Hundreds of people in northeast Kunduz province came out to the streets and demanded the punishment of those responsible for the offence," a protestor Karim Hamayon told Xinhua from Kunduz city.

The demonstration, he added, was held under tight security and the protestors after two hours of chanting slogans and delivering speeches were peacefully dispersed.

Similar demonstrations, according to local sources, were also held in parts of the neighboring Baghlan province today but all have ended peacefully.

Newsweek, the US-based magazine in a report last week disclosed that US servicemen in their tactics to rattle Taliban and al-Qaeda inmates at Guantanamo Bay had defiled copies of Muslim holy book, the Quran and flushed it down into toilet.

The report sparked violent demonstrations in the post-Taliban conservative Afghanistan and some 27 persons have been killed and more than 100 others wounded since Wednesday.

The protestors warned to continue their demonstrations until the US government offer apology and punish those behind desecration.

In the meantime, the Afghan government has put the police and other law enforcing agencies in high alert to cope with any eventuality.

Source: Xinhua



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