Thursday, May 15, 2003
Last week there were two protests in Kabul. The first was workers seeking pay and fair hiring practices. The leaders also spoke out against American "interference" in Afghanistan; however, people interviewed by whatever source I was reading indicated they didn't have a problem with the American presence, indicating it was better than war. The second was against the Karzai government for offering a general amnesty to members of the Taliban who had not committed actual crimes against the Afghan people. Ismail Khan, the Iranian-backed governor of Herat, supported this, and both leaders are saying it is necessary for national unity. Neither protest drew more than a few hundred people.