23 November 2015. A World to Win News Service. The biggest political protests
The protesters included relatives of seven Hazara civilians kidnapped by Daesh when they were travelling through Zabul province in south-west
As they approached the presidential palace, they were met with by special guards and military. The guards shot and injured five demonstrators, according to the health ministry. Many protesters found their way into a court building.
This kind of kidnapping has not diminished throughout the years but has escalated. And various groups and forces with different motives now have become part of that. The emergence of Daesh has added tremendously to this problem. People feel that it is not safe to go outside their towns, or even walk on the streets in town. Some 146,000 Afghan refugees arriving in
The existence of Daesh in
Finally, in April, Daesh claimed the responsibility for a suicide attack that killed only innocent people in Jalalabad, under the name of "the Khorasan Islamic State". At the present time there is no province named Khorasan in
A recent report by a UN committee indicates Daesh is now active in 24 out of
There are clear indications that Afghan government and
However, the people who went to the presidential palace seeking justice took their righteous outrage to the wrong place. The president and the whole government cannot help because they are part of the problem. Not only have they failed to protect people, but even more fundamentally, they and their imperialist backers, who invaded the country and occupy it still, are the biggest factor in the people's insecurity, both directly and in terms of the consequences of the situation they have perpetuated in the country, the immediate region and more broadly. All this has given birth to wave after wave of religious fundamentalists.
For instance, Daesh's strongest base in
It seems that Daesh is counting on using the momentum (and arms and cash) it has acquired in its wider conflict with imperialism to take advantage of discontents rising within the Taliban ranks over the last few years. Daesh's rapid advancement in
The seven people beheaded in Zabul were poor. Like many others, they were travelling in search of a temporary job when they were grabbed by Daesh, imprisoned for seven or eight months and then murdered because they were Shia.
This turn of events poses a serious threat that might give rise to the kind of sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni that has been going on in
Clearly Daesh's advance in
If it is true that Daesh, like other varieties of Islamic fundamentalism, could not exist as they do without imperialism, its crimes and all that it does to other countries, then the inescapable conclusion is that the people cannot be freed of this scourge without opposing, rather than supporting, the imperialist powers, their global system and their political allies and local stooges. After all, when people protested the murder of Hazaras, they were fired on by the Afghan government backed up by the
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