Cooler temperatures and rain have been small inconveniences for the tons of of Calgarians protesting the worldwide response to the Taliban retaking Afghanistan after the deliberate withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces.
The march in entrance of Calgary metropolis corridor Thursday afternoon adopted comparable protests in Kabul and Jalalabad.
“We’re urging our authorities to deliver these folks whose lives are actually in danger, as a result of there isn’t a official authorities in Afghanistan proper now,” Husna Alibik, VP exterior with Afghans YYC and protest organizer, instructed World Information. “There is no such thing as a democracy.
“The Taliban have simply taken justice into their very own palms. They usually’re killing individuals who communicate up.”
Alibik stated Canada’s Afghan diaspora are capable of assist with anybody coming from the south Asian nation within the coming weeks.
“We’re going to open our doorways to our fellow Afghans and Afghan communities, and Afghan folks whose lives are in danger,” Alibik stated. “We’re right here to assist.”
Whereas additionally calling on the Canadian authorities to difficulty extra visas to Afghans and their households who labored immediately with Canada or the Canadian Armed Forces, the Calgary protest hopes to boost consciousness of the menace the Taliban current to the Afghan folks.
“However not solely that, additionally our personal authorities right here in Canada to assist these households who’re human rights activists, who’re journalists, who’ve fought tooth and nail in opposition to the injustices and terrorist assaults of the Taliban.”
Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated will probably be “nearly unattainable” to get folks out of Afghanistan within the coming weeks, because the Taliban is continuous to dam entry for Afghans hoping to go away the nation.
“Except the Taliban shift their posture considerably, which is one thing the worldwide group and Canada are engaged on, it’ll be very, very tough to get many individuals out,” Trudeau, who’s working for re-election, instructed reporters.
“It’s an especially tough state of affairs, however I can guarantee you that I, and our ministers, and our authorities is working extraordinarily arduous to ease all of the obstacles, whether or not they be round paperwork or bureaucratic, to make sure that persons are getting out of there as shortly as doable and to security,” Trudeau stated.
Borrowing from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Alibik additionally hopes to encourage extra folks to talk out in opposition to current occasions unfolding within the South Asian nation.
“We’re urging all people to interrupt their silence, and to return out and help the Afghan group, as a result of injustice in a single space is a menace to justice all over the place.”
–with information from Christa Dao and Rachel Gilmore, World Information
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