People all over Afghanistan flocked to mosque and other places of worship on Sunday (13 January) to commemorate the deaths of all those reported to have died during the regime of former President Mohammed min.
GM Mosque in Kabul ZOOM INTO heavy security outside
SV People signing memorial books
GV Heavy security outside Martyr's Memorial Mosque in Kabul, people queueing to sign commemoration book and signing
SV Armed soldier looking on as people queue
SV PULL OUT TO GV Prayer being recited inside mosque (2 shots)
GV People leaving mosque past armed troops
GV & SV People waiting to enter mosque at Juma Masjid (3 shots)
GV ZOOM OUT INTO SV Closed shops, flag at half-mast (3 shots)
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Background: People all over Afghanistan flocked to mosque and other places of worship on Sunday (13 January) to commemorate the deaths of all those reported to have died during the regime of former President Mohammed min. The occasion was declared a public holiday of national mourning, and all shops were closed.
SYNOPSIS: On the same day as the nationwide mourning, the new administration of President Babrak Karmal announced it was abolishing the feared KAM secret police of former President Amin. KAM, which was titled the Workers' Intelligence Council, has been accused of murdering thousands of Afghans during the past three months.
Heavy security was evident outside all the mosques as people lined up to sign the commemorative books. These were dedicated to victims of the former President, a hardline Marxist who is now being denounced as a fascist and American spy. President Amin was killed in a coup on December the twenty-seventh.
At this weekend (12-13 January), it was also officially announced that President Karmal had led the underground resistance in Kabul for more than two months before he came to power in the coup last month. The statement was interpreted as an effort to counter the widely-held conviction that he owed his position to Soviet intervention.
President Karmal has named the new government, with a hard-line Marxist as his deputy. The seven-man ruling praesidium of the Soviet-backed government will include three military men. The KAM secret police will be replaced by a new security service modelled on the Soviet KGB, to "guarantee the freedoms of all citizens and fight political and criminal law-breaking". The day of mourning passed for much of the population in quiet reverence, with no incidents reported.