Afghanistan, Taliban shoot in the air to disperse a protest organized by women
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Afghanistan, Taliban shoot in the air to disperse a protest organized by women

Taliban fighters fired into the air today in Kabul to disperse a protest organized by women: about forty people were parading towards the education ministry.

The protesters carried a banner which read: “August 15 is a black day”, referring to the date of the fall of the capital. And then “Justice, justice, we are tired of ignorance”, another slogan chanted by the demonstrators on the march. Before firing into the air, according to international agencies, Taliban in military uniform and armed with assault rifles had blocked an intersection near the march. Then one of them simulated a shot, aiming at the demonstrators – so the story of a reporter from France Presse. Some demonstrators then took refuge in nearby shops, where they were chased and beaten with rifle butts by the Taliban, the agency reports.

In two days, Monday 15 August, the first anniversary of the entry of the Taliban into Kabul, which regained power after their first regime was overthrown in 2001 by the Anglo-American intervention: it was a lightning advance in the country, with the Afghan army that gave up its positions without the strength to counterattack, the flight of Westerners and chaos, up to the massacre at the Kabul airport with more than 90 dead and at least 150 wounded. A long year in which the new fundamentalist regime turned the clock back 20 years, restoring the burqa for women and restricting civil and cultural liberties.