Protestors on Wednesday removed six tented camps in Kabul but left their original one, which is between Zanbaq Square and the Emergency Hospital in Share Now.
Eleven days ago, members of the Uprising for Change Movement pitched their first tent following their mass rally in Kabul city in the wake of the May 31 truck bombing that killed over 150 people.
The tented camps they set up were placed in roads – which caused serious disruption to Kabul’s traffic in the past week.
However the movement’s members said on Tuesday they have removed six tented camps in order to ease the disruption.
The movement removed their tents from Taimani Square, Khurasan Road, Kart-e-Parwan, Qowaie Markaz, Shaheed Square and Pol-e-Artal areas of Kabul. Their tents close to the Presidential Palace and CEO’s office remain.
“We removed the tents temporarily because of Ramadan so as not to create problems for the people, but our protest will continue,”said Zabi Shadan, a movement member.
However many streets in the capital have been blocked by government. In addition to their calls for the removal of the heads of security institutions and the head of the National Security Council, protesters also called for these roads to be reopened.
“We were told that road closures are because of our tents, but we removed the tents and now why are the roads still closed? Why does government not remove the containers that powerful men have set in some roads? Government should open the closed roads,” said Barna Salahi another protester.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Interior said a delegation is working on the removal of concrete T-walls and containers from the roads.
“We will decide about removing containers and cement walls considering the security situation after our assessments are finished,” said Najib Danish acting spokesman for the MoI.
Some residents from insecure provinces have joined the protestors in a bid to have their voices heard.
“Government did not send a representative to us to sit with us in a mosque and ask us what our problems are. No one came to say our problems will be resolved,” said a protester from Jawzjan province.
“We will not remove all our tents until government addresses our demands. Government should secure justice for us,” said Parizad, another protester.
Hundreds of people took to the streets of Kabul in protest against the deadly truck bombing two days after the incident. However, police opened fire on them, killing five. Since then, many of the organizers of the rally have held sit in protests and say they will continue until their demands are met.
Meanwhile President Ashraf Ghani paid a visit to a local school and university on Tuesday. At the school, children told him that the tents around the city were causing problems for them.
Universities professors also met with Ghani and announced their support for government and said they want a national dialogue for resolving existing challenges.
In response Ghani said: “We will reach a result on Kabul security through a national dialogue.”