Thousands of Afghans Protest Against U.S. Occupation

December 14, 2009

On December 9, thousands of Afghans demonstrated against the military occupation. The protests were held after a December 8 U.S.-NATO raid in the village of Armal in Laghman province killed 15 civilians, including women and children.

More than 3,000 protesters – mostly university students – blocked traffic on Kabul-Jalalabad highway for hours and prevented a U.S. military convoy from passing. The demonstrators chanted anti-occupation slogans, including slogans against U.S. President Barack Obama, President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan National Army (ANA). The demonstrators also demanded the release of those arrested during the raid and a student detained since last month.

The previous day, hundreds of protesters from villages in the area placed the bodies of victims of the raid in front of the local Governor's house. ANA soldiers opened fire and killed one protester.

Since the beginning of the U.S. invasion in 2001, thousands of Afghan people have been killed, including an untold number of civilians. Numerous atrocities, such as the saturated bombing of civilian population centers, massacres at wedding ceremonies, market-center bombing, etc., have been repeatedly carried out by the U.S. military.

Currently there are 113,000 U.S.-NATO troops in Afghanistan and Obama recently announced plans to increase the number of U.S. troops by 30,000.