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Afghanistan: Thousands of Hazaras protest against TUTAP power line01:06

Afghanistan: Thousands of Hazaras protest against TUTAP power line

Afghanistan, Kabul
May 16, 2016 at 17:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tens of thousands of Shiite Hazaras marched through central Kabul, demanding that the government scrap plans to build the TUTAP power line through two provinces largely populated by the minority, Monday.

The 500 kilovolt TUTAP power line will connect the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with Afghanistan and Pakistan and provide electricity for up to 10 million people in 10 Afghan provinces including Kabul from 2018. The line was originally set to pass through the central Bamiyan province with a large Hazara population but the government decided to reroute it through the mountainous Salang region, citing that the shorter route would allegedly save millions of dollars.

Amid concerns the protest could turn violent, police were deployed to the site while the main streets were blocked.

Afghanistan: Thousands of Hazaras protest against TUTAP power line01:06
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Tens of thousands of Shiite Hazaras marched through central Kabul, demanding that the government scrap plans to build the TUTAP power line through two provinces largely populated by the minority, Monday.

The 500 kilovolt TUTAP power line will connect the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with Afghanistan and Pakistan and provide electricity for up to 10 million people in 10 Afghan provinces including Kabul from 2018. The line was originally set to pass through the central Bamiyan province with a large Hazara population but the government decided to reroute it through the mountainous Salang region, citing that the shorter route would allegedly save millions of dollars.

Amid concerns the protest could turn violent, police were deployed to the site while the main streets were blocked.

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