Families of those killed and injured in the Shah Shaheed truck bombing last month, which claimed the lives of 15 people and wounded more than 400, on Sunday staged a protest in Kabul, criticizing the National Unity Government’s (NUG) inattention towards them.
The Shah Shaheed residents pitched tents on Shah Shaheed Road, saying that they will continue their protest until the government pays compensation to the affected families and addresses all of their demands.
The protestors chanted slogans against the NUG leaders. At one stage the protest turned violent when they started stoning police, who in turn opened fire on them. One protester was injured.
The protestors, who blockaded Shah Shaheed Road, claimed the government has turned its back on them and has done nothing to help.
The protestors warned they would continue their protest until their demands are met.
“We informed them [the government] one week ago that we will pitch tents and observe a sit in here. They opened fire on us. They didn’t ensure the security of our gathering. My brother was wounded in their shooting,” a protestor told TOLOnews.
“The government is a corrupt one. It has not addressed our problems. We don’t have a house; it should be reconstructed,” another protestor said.
One mother who lost two sons in the incident said she will stay in the tent until the government does something to help.
“My two sons were martyred and now they wounded another by shooting him in the foot,” she said.
“We don’t have a home. We are spending day and night in our relatives’ houses. We want shelter,” a protestor said.