Upset over deportation, thousands of Afghans protest in German cities

| Updated: Feb 12, 2017 22:59 IST

Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb. 12 (ANI): Thousands of protesters in several German cities demonstrated against deportations of Afghans failing to secure asylum and called upon the authorities to stop deportations while stating that Afghanistan was an unsafe country. According to the German Police, around 2,000 protesters came out on the streets in Dusseldorf city and nearly 1,500 others in northern Hamburg city, reports the Tolo News. In Berlin, the protesters marched on the streets and the police said that around 200 people took part while Berlin Refugee Council said there were up to 2,000. Earlier on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the government agreed to speed up the deportation of rejected asylum seekers. According to reports, at least 200 Afghan refugees have returned to the country from Europe based on an agreement signed between Afghanistan and Germany last year. Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation's spokesman Islamuddin Jurat said: "We are following the issue very closely and we assure you that the rights of no Afghan will be violated." According to figures by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 6,800 refugees have so far returned to the country voluntarily and the figure will increase this year. (ANI)