Peaceful protesters march on UN office in south Afghanistan

April 3, 2011 10:54


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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Hundreds of peaceful protesters blocked the main highway in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday and marched through the southern city of Kandahar towards a United Nations office, denouncing the burning of a Koran by a radical fundamentalist US pastor.

The demonstrations come after two days of deadly violence at similar gatherings, but officials promised a larger police and army deployment in Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, to keep control. The protests in Jalalabad, the main city in the east, dissolved after several hours.

"The demonstration in Kandahar today is a peaceful one with hundreds of people on the streets but security forces are to make sure no violence happens," said Zalmay Ayoubi, spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province.

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