Press TV, December 1, 2011
Afghans protest their country’s partnership with US
The issue of US-Afghan partnership has greatly outraged local people here
By Amin Alemi
To denounce the approval of the US Permanent Military bases in Afghanistan through the US-made so-called Loya Jirga, the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan staged a protest rally in Kabul on Dec. 1, 2011. Hundreds of protesters chanted slogans against the US/NATO and their puppet regime and rejected US bases in Afghanistan. (Photo: SPA)
A coffin bearing the words "Independence" and "Freedom" was carried by the protestors. (Photo: SPA)
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The afghan capital Kabul has been once again the scene of a massive demonstration against the strategic partnership issue between Afghanistan and the US .
Recently, a Loya Jirga or Grand Council Meeting in Kabul gave the go-ahead to President Karzai to ink the strategic agreement with the U.S and it has greatly angered the local people.
These protestors have called the decision of the Loya Jirga as a national treason. They say the representatives of the Jirga did not represent the Afghan nation at all.
The issue of US-Afghan partnership has greatly outraged local people here. These protestors are saying that they will continue their protests unless the US and Afghan government change their minds with respect to this pact.
The U.S wants to make permanent military bases in Afghanistan. Therefore it needs to have a strategic tie with Afghanistan, but Experts believe that the military presence of the U.S will bring more violence in Afghanistan.
At present, tens of thousands of U.S and NATO forces are fighting Taliban militants, but the Taliban group is still a bigger threat against them than it was in 2001 right when the U.S invaded Afghanistan.
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