.
.
.
.

Taliban fighters fire shots into air to disperse women’s protest

Published: Updated:

Taliban fighters fired into the air Saturday to disperse a rare women’s protest in the Afghan capital, days ahead of the first anniversary of their return to power.

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

About 40 women -- chanting “Bread, work and freedom” -- marched in front of the education ministry building in Kabul, before the fighters dispersed them by firing their guns into the air, an AFP correspondent reported.

Some women protesters who took refuge in nearby shops were chased and beaten by Taliban fighters with their rifle butts.

The protesters carried a banner which read “August 15 is a black day” -- in reference to the upcoming anniversary -- as they demanded rights to work and political participation.

“Justice, justice. We’re fed up with ignorance,” chanted the protesters before they dispersed.

Read more:

Taliban cleric killed in blast in Kabul

Afghan refugees relocated to UK still struggling to form new lives

More than 70 economists ask Biden to release Afghan central bank funds

Top Content Trending