The Uprising for Change Movement again demonstrated through the streets of Kabul on Monday and called for the dismissal of the National Security Adviser, the Interior Minister and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief.
The protester’s however chose to drive through the streets of Kabul this time and flew flags and honked their horns as they crisscrossed the city.
The demonstrators warned however that they would continue to protest until those who ordered the shooting of protesters last month were prosecuted.
The protest lasted for two hours and ended without any violence.
The convoy of cars set off from Khair Khana in Kabul city and ended in Massoud square.
“We want the national security adviser, the NDS chief and the interior minister to be dismissed; government must avoid autocratic action as this is a threat to the system,” said Omar Ahmad Parwani, an Uprising for Change Movement member.
The movement was recently established in the wake of a string of security incidents in Kabul, especially that of the May 31 truck bombing that killed an estimated 180 people. However, two days later, the movement demonstrated in downtown Kabul. Security forces opened fire on them, killing at least five protesters.
“We want reforms in the governance system,” said Rahila Farhmand, an Uprising for Change Movement member.
“We want serious changes to be made to security agencies so that people are safe,” said Nasrin Noristani, another member.
The movement claims that they have no affiliation to any political party.
“We are a group of literate people who are not related to any political group or political movement, and our demands are clear,” said Asar Hakimi, another campaign member.
Meanwhile, their demonstration on Monday resulted in the closure of dozens of roads leading to downtown Kabul – a move that sparked widespread anger among residents.
“I am sick and … I have to walk to hospital,” said Shafiullah, a Kabul resident.
The Uprising for Change Movement has however warned that if government does not meet their demands they will continue their protest action.