Afghans Hold Protests Around Country For Release of Frozen Funds


Dozens of Afghan men and women on Monday launched demonstrations to express their anger over a decision made by the US to preserve billions of frozen assets for the victims of September 11 attacks.

In Kabul, a group of Afghan women held a gathering near the United Nations office in Kabul and urged the United States court to reject any decision over Afghanistan’s assets.

The protestors called for the return of the assets to Afghanistan.

“This money is Afghans’ money, not money to pay as compensation by Joe Biden. The money should be surrendered to Afghanistan,” said Arzo, a protestor.

“Our people are struggling with poverty and this money can change the situation inside Afghanistan,” said Shogofa Nejta, a protestor.

At the same time, several Afghan teachers at Shaikh Zayed University in Khost province today launched a demonstration in reaction to Biden’s decision, calling it unfair.

“This is a cruelty, they do not have the right to hold Afghanistan’s money as compensation,” said Rabani Wahdat, a teacher.

In the center of Afghanistan, residents of Bamyan province took to the streets to urge the release of Afghanistan Central Bank’s assets held in the US and other countries.

Economic experts believe that Afghan currency will dramatically lose value if the frozen assets are spent for any purpose and not returned to Afghanistan.

“These assets are to keep Afghanis stable, therefore, they should not be spent in any other way,” said Sharafuddin Ashraf.