October 10, 2004

PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER:

Under threat of attack, voters queue with pride: Intense dust storms failed to quell people power in Afghanistan. (Paul McGeough, October 11, 2004, The Age)

Threatened with bombs and mayhem, it took great courage for Afghans to head for the polls as whole mountain ranges disappeared in violent dust storms that swept the country on Saturday.

They came on foot and bicycle, and they came with pride.

After decades of domination, every booth was a potential bomber's target. But they queued with great patience in a remarkable show of people power that did not deserve to be blown away in a storm over ink.

A local official, wearing a bright blue UN bib, punched each voter's registration card and diligently marked the nail of their thumbs with a black marker pen.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 10, 2004 8:50 PM
Comments

Don't you know it was a deeply flawed election.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 10, 2004 10:13 PM
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