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Helmand students protests over British prince crimes


Kabul: Protesters in southern Afghanistan on Sunday gathered following Prince Harry’s claim in his new memoir that he killed 25 people he described as Taliban fighters while posted with British forces in the country.

Around 20 faculty and students demonstrated at a local university in Helmand, the province where British forces were largely concentrated during the NATO and U.S.-led coalition operations in Afghanistan.

“We condemn his (Prince Harry’s) action which is against all norms of humanity,” one demonstrator said.

A university teacher told Associated press “The cruelties which have been committed by Prince Harry, his friends or by anyone else in Helmand or anywhere in Afghanistan is unacceptable, cruel. These acts will be remembered by history,” Sayed said at the protest.

In his memoir, “Spare,” Harry says he killed more than two dozen Afghans while serving as an Apache helicopter copilot gunner in Afghanistan in 2012-2013.

“We ask the international community to put this person (Prince Harry) on trial, and we should get compensation for our losses,” said Mullah Abdullah, who lost four family members in what he described as a U.K. airstrike in 2011 that hit his family home in the Nahr-e-Saraj area of Helmand.

“We lost our house, life, and family members. We lost our livelihood and also our loved ones,” said Abdullah, while visiting the graves of the family members he lost in the strike.

NATO and U.S. troops withdrew in August, 2021 from the country after 20 years of warfare and running air operations in support of the Western-backed Afghan government.

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