Afghans protest against long-term US pact
More than 1,000 students demonstrate against decision to back agreement that would allow US troops to remain after 2014.
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2011 17:41 Al Jazeera English
The protesters blocked the road to the capital Kabul as they shouted ‘Death to America! Death to Karzai!’ [AFP]
Hundreds of Afghan students have blocked a main highway in the eastern city of Jalalabad, protesting against any agreement that would allow US troops to remain in the country after a planned transfer of authority in 2014.
More than 1,000 students took part in Sunday’s demonstration, which was staged after an assembly of more than 2,000 tribal elders and dignitaries – known as a loya jirga – endorsed the agreement.
But the assembly backed a series of conditions proposed by HamidKarzai, the Afghan president, including the end of night raids by international troops.
They also endorsed a complete Afghan control over detainees during a conference that ended on Saturday.
The protesters in Jalalabad blocked the road to the capital Kabulas they shouted “Death toAmerica! Death to Karzai!”.
They said they would not accept any partnership with the US, whose troops – along with those of NATO – have been battling the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan since 2001.