Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, after the Taliban murdered seven people, including a nine-year-old girl who was reportedly beheaded.
It was the largest demonstration the Afghan capital has seen since the year 2000, and was aimed at the nation’s government, who citizens claim are failing to protect them from insurgent groups.
The seven civilian victims were abducted in October from the southern province of Zabul, and executed between 6 and 8 November during armed clashes between two rival Taliban groups.
Each of the victims were part of the Hazara people, a minority group of predominantly Shia Muslims, and it is believed the killings were a hate crime motivated by this fact.
The march covered 8km of ground, all whilst carrying seven coffins containing the bodies of the seven innocents who were murdered. The nine-year-old victim, known as Shukria, was carried only by a group of women from start to finish.
The march ended at the Presidential Palace with numerous calls being made for president Ashraf Ghani to resign, and take responsibility for the brutal murders.
The president took to twitter to respond to protesters.
We're all extremely pained by the horrific crime of Zabul. This's the act of our enemies. V'll have reprisal. Must stay united, not divided.
— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) November 11, 2015
Despite the huge numbers and emotions being so high the demonstration remained entirely peaceful, with no reports of violence. Sums up that all the nation wants is peace.
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