Thousands of Afghans protest Taliban order to vacate residential area

Thousands of Afghans protest Taliban order to vacate residential area
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Thousands of Afghans protested on Tuesday after being ordered to vacate a residential army colony.

Roughly 3,000 Afghan families were given three days to leave from the colony, according to Reuters. Some of the people have resided in the district for nearly 30 years.

Protesters assembled in front of the governor’s house in the southern city of Kandahar to demonstrate, according to Reuters, which cited footage from local media that depicted throngs of people blocking a road in the city. A former governor official also reportedly observed the crowds.

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Families of retired army generals and other individuals from the Afghan security forces mainly resided in the area and were asked to vacate, according to the news wire.  

Protests have erupted throughout Afghanistan since the Taliban officially claimed power in the country following the U.S. troop withdrawal, which was completed at the end of August.

The clashes have at times turned deadly, but there were no reports of violence from Tuesday’s demonstrations, Reuters noted.

Last week, the Taliban said it was banning all protests and demonstrations that do not receive approval from the government, according to Axios.

The demonstrations in Afghanistan come as the insurgent group is working to form its government following the exit of the U.S. after two decades of conflict.

The insurgent group announced its interim Afghan government last week, which includes a number of hard-line leaders from its previous reign in the late 1990s, but not women.

One of the members of the government — who was named acting interior minister — is Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI's most wanted list.