Kabul locked down over protest by minority Hazaras

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s capital was under lockdown Monday as thousands of minority Shiite Hazaras launched protests over a multimillion-dollar power transmission line, in what could snowball into a political crisis for the beleaguered government. Security forces blocked key intersections with stacked-up shipping containers in Kabul as the protesters sought to march on the presidential palace, demanding that the electricity line linking energy-rich central Asia pass through a central Hazara-dominated area. The protest spotlights the turbulent politics in the war-torn nation and follows a massive rally last November galvanized by the beheadings of a group of Hazaras, which symbolized growing public discontent with President Ashraf Ghani’s regime.

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