Members of the ‘Uprising for Change Movement’ on Tuesday expanded their protest action and set up two new sit-in camps as part of their ongoing demonstration against the deadly attacks on Kabul city last week.
The demonstrators have stated they will continue their sit-in protest until government meets their demands.
Until now, they have been camped out close to the Emergency Hospital in Share Naw in PD10 but on Tuesday they set up camps at Lab-e-Jar Square in Khair Khana in PD11 and in Quwai Markaz Road in PD2.
The protestors have called for the dismissal of all security heads, including the national security council chief Haneef Atmar.
They warned that the number of sit-in camps would increase in the capital and in other parts of the country if their demands are not met.
On Tuesday, the protestors launched a purple ribbon campaign. They have tied purple ribbons around their wrists and all social media messages of theirs are now going up with a purple background.
“Our protest is being extended inside and outside Afghanistan; it is increasing, the number of our camps are surging and more camps are about to be erected in Kabul,” said Mohayuddin, a protestor in Kabul.
“Our main demand is that government should agree to our demands and the international community should pay attention to this matter,” said Baes Nizami, another protestor.
Government and a number of political parties have been trying to bring an end to these protests but have so far not succeeded.
“We have set preconditions for our talks with government; it is the dismissal of the national security advisor Mr. Haneef Atmar! We are in favor of any kind of talks,” said Fahim Fitrat, a member of the movement.
“This time, we are not representing any specific political party or any specific ethnic group; we are here to represent the people and seek justice for them,” said Abdul Karim Mohammadi, another member of the movement.
The protest was launched on Friday following the deadly blast in Kabul last week which claimed at least 150 lives and wounded hundreds more.
The protests however turned violent when security forces opened fire on demonstrators killing at least five.
The next day however, three suicide bombers targeted the funeral of one of the victims – who was the son of a senator.
At least 20 people were killed in back-to-back bombings at the burial ceremony.