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Police in Herat province prevent Joya supporters to stage protest rally

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Defense Committee for Malalai Joya, June 6, 2007

Protest in Herat was stopped by Police
Police stop hundreds of Joya's supporters in Herat to stage protest demonstration against her suspension.

On June 6, 2007, police in Herat province in West of Afghanistan stopped hundreds of Joya supporters to stage their peaceful protest demonstration in the center of the city.

Malalai Joya's supporters had planned a demonstration in front of Sports Stadium in center of Herat city in protest to Malalai Joya's suspension. Despite the fact that they had been permitted by the related authorities a day back, before the people gathered in the mentioned area all the routes leading there were blocked by tens of armed police to prevent the demonstration.

While criticizing the local authorities of Herat, The coordinators of this demonstration said that though the security forces knew about the gathering they blocked the routes leading to the center of the gathering and barred the protest from happening. The protesters say they wanted to convey their appeals to UNAMA and related authorities in a peaceful way.

The organizers of this demonstration claimed that they had also been threatened several times by unknown people to refrain from this protest and a number of warlord authorities are responsible for intervention in this peaceful movement in support of Malalai Joya.

In a six point statement which was handed over the UNAMA office, they asked the Parliament to apology to Malalai Joya in which it is also said that Malalai Joya is not only the representative of the people of Farah but of all the suffering people of Afghanistan.

It is worth mentioning that earlier a similar protest of Malalai Joya’s supporters in Kunar province was stopped by the head of security of that province.

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