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Afghanistan: Demonstration planned for Kabul July 3

Demonstration planned to be held in Kabul on July 3; anticipate traffic disruptions and increased security

02 Jul 04:15 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 7/2/2017, 12:00 AM until 7/3/2017, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kabul). COUNTRY/REGION Kabul

Event

A demonstration has been planned for 09:00 (local time) on Monday, July 3, in Kabul in relation to political grievances with the government. The demonstration is expected to take the form of a vehicle parade starting around 09:00 to 10:00 in Khurasan Circle, and lasting until around 12:00, ending at Pashtunistan Square. The following locations have been circulated as potential stopping points during the parade: Khurasan Circle; Shaheed Circle; Airport Circle; Masoud Circle; Clock Tower; Pashtunistan Square; Dehbori Circle; Kart-e Parwan Circle. Other reports have suggested that Darulaman road could also be affected. Roadblocks and closures should be expected. Depending on the size and the duration of the protest, transportation delays can be expected throughout the city.

Context

The month of June saw large protests with heavy congestion as the result of numerous roadblocks and the closure of several roads. The protests - a reaction to a large car bomb explosion on May 31 - started in early June, during which Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) opened fire on the crowd to prevent entrance to the Presidential Palace, killing numerous civilians. This led to further demonstrations lasting until late June with protesters occupying Zanbaq square. The protesters were eventually forcibly dispersed, leading to more civilian casualties.   

Advice

Individuals are advised to monitor the situation and be aware of potential delays to travel.

As always, due to major security concerns, individuals throughout Afghanistan are urged to keep a safe distance from large gatherings, military convoys, government buildings, and crowded urban areas. Many Western governments advise their citizens against travel to the country due to the high threat of kidnapping and terrorism, including frequent attacks against Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, local civilians and politicians, and individuals working in the humanitarian and reconstruction fields. Travel to the country should only be undertaken with proper security protocols in place.

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