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3 October 2005 -- Protests against the killing of Mohammad Ashraf Ramazan -- one of northern Afghanistan's key ethnic Hazara parliamentary candidates -- spread to the capital Kabul today.

Reports from Kabul say up to 4,000 people marched in Kabul today -- most of them ethnic Hazaras.

At least 1,000 others demonstrated for a second day today in Mazar-e Sharif, blocking a highway through the northern city. Ramazan was killed in a drive-by shooting on 27 September in Mazar-e Sharif -- capital of Balkh Province.

Protesters in both cities are demanding the resignation of Balkh's Governor Atta Mohammad. They accuse the governor of plotting the attack against Ramazan, who belonged to a minority Shi'a Muslim faction called Wahdat.

(RFE/RL's Afghan Service; AP/AFP)

For RFE/RL's full coverage of the legislative elections in Afghanistan, see "Afghanistan Votes"
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