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Afghans Protest Over Hazara Beheadings

Afghan police on November 11 fired into the air to drive back protesters who tried to climb the walls of a building near the president's palace, as anger boiled over about the beheading of seven members of the Hazara ethnic minority by Islamist militants.

The incident happened as thousands of Afghans marched through Kabul to protest the killing of seven ethnic Hazaras, allegedly by Taliban militants.

The protesters carried the coffins of the seven victims and called for a new government that can ensure security in the country.

There has been an upsurge in violence this year against the Afghan Hazara community, which is predominantly Shi'ite, including a series of kidnappings and killings.

Thousands of people attended the protest in Kabul on November 11.
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Thousands of people attended the protest in Kabul on November 11.

Women chant slogans during the November 11 protest in Kabul.
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Women chant slogans during the November 11 protest in Kabul.

Afghan police stand guard during the protest.
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Afghan police stand guard during the protest.

An Afghan security officer keeps watch atop a building near the presidential palace.
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An Afghan security officer keeps watch atop a building near the presidential palace.

An Afghan woman cries as she condemns the killings.
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An Afghan woman cries as she condemns the killings.

A man places a candle on top of one of the seven coffins during a procession in Kabul on November 10.
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A man places a candle on top of one of the seven coffins during a procession in Kabul on November 10.

A woman holds a candle as she waits for the seven coffins during a protest procession in Kabul on November 10.
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A woman holds a candle as she waits for the seven coffins during a protest procession in Kabul on November 10.

Men carry one of the coffins of the seven slain ethnic Hazaras.
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Men carry one of the coffins of the seven slain ethnic Hazaras.

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