Taliban Open Fire on Protesters Near Former Ministry of Women's Affairs in Kabul
11:02 GMT 28.12.2021 (Updated: 12:55 GMT 28.12.2021)
© AP Photo / Rahmat GulTaliban fighters pose for a photograph in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021
© AP Photo / Rahmat Gul
KABUL (Sputnik) - Members of the Taliban* on Tuesday opened fire on protesters in Kabul near a building that housed the Ministry of Women's Affairs in past, a participant of the demonstration told Sputnik.
"[The] Taliban opened fire on protesters to stop or suppress protest", she said, adding that filming of the demonstration was not allowed.
According to the protester, on Tuesday women came out in protest, demanding "employment, food and freedom".
Another source told Sputnik that the members of the Taliban were firing into the air. While people close to the Taliban movement claimed that the firing was opened "at a considerable distance" from the place the demonstration was held.
As of now, no casualties have been reported.
© AFP 2022 / HOSHANG HASHIMIAfghan women take part in a protest march for their rights under the Taliban rule in the downtown area of Kabul on September 3, 2021.
Afghan women take part in a protest march for their rights under the Taliban rule in the downtown area of Kabul on September 3, 2021.
The Taliban's swift ascension to power in Afghanistan occurred in mid-August, triggering economic disarray and food shortages that are pushing the country to the brink of a humanitarian crisis. Thousands of Afghans fled the country fearful of the Taliban, widespread violation of human rights, and the deprivation of women and girls of their freedoms.
In early December, the leadership of a restored Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan issued a decree on women's rights, saying that women have the right to choose their own destiny, nonetheless educational and employment rights were not mentioned in the proclamation.
*The Taliban is an organisation under UN sanctions over terrorist activities.