Kabul: Days before the first anniversary of the return of radical Islamists to power, Taliban fighters opened fire in the air on Saturday to disperse a rare demonstration of women in the Afghan capital.
An AFP correspondent reported that around 40 women marched in front of the education ministry building in Kabul, chanting “bread, work and freedom”, before fighters fired their guns into the air and dispersed them.
Some of the female protesters taking shelter in nearby shops were chased and beaten up by Taliban fighters with their rifle butts.
Protesters carried a banner that read “August 15 is a dark day” – in reference to the upcoming anniversary – as they demanded rights to work and political participation.
“Justice, justice. We are fed up with ignorance,” the protesters shouted before they dispersed.