Thousands protest against Taliban in Kandahar over evictions
(Reuters) - Thousands of Afghans protested against the Taliban in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday after local residents were asked to clear an army housing estate, according to a former government official and local television footage.
Protesters gathered outside the governor's house in Kandahar after around 3,000 families were told to leave the colony, according to the former government official who watched the crowd.
Local media footage showed crowds blocking a street in the city.
The affected area is mostly occupied by the families of retired army generals and other members of the Afghan security forces.
The families, some of which have lived in the district for almost 30 years, had been given three days to evacuate, said the official, who had spoken to some of those affected.
Taliban spokesmen did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the evictions.
Sporadic protests against the Taliban, who came to power with the capture of Kabul in Afghanistan less than a month ago, ended in clashes, some of them fatal, although there were no confirmed acts of violence on Tuesday.
Taliban leaders have vowed to investigate all cases of abuse but have ordered protesters to seek their permission before starting protests.
The United Nations said Friday the Taliban's response to peaceful protests is becoming increasingly violent.
(Reporting by Islamabad Newsroom; writing by Alasdair Pal; editing by Mike Collett-White)
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