Taliban open fire at protesters demanding Afghan flag atop offices

Taliban fighters opened fire at protesters in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city demanding the reinstallation of Afghanistan’s flag on offices instead of the Taliban’s flag, local news agency Pajhwok Afghan News reported

People in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city took to the streets on Wednesday demanding the reinstallation of Afghanistan’s flag on offices instead of the Taliban’s flag.

However, the Taliban fighters opened fire at the protesters, according to local news agency Pajhwok Afghan News. The Taliban fighters also beat up some journalists who were covering the protest.

In videos shared on social media, hundreds of people could be seen taking out a march carrying Afghanistan’s flag. Gunshots could be heard in the background as the protesters dispersed from the area.

It could not be confirmed if anyone was injured during the incident.

Earlier in the day, a group of Afghan women was seen taking out the first public protest in Afghanistan demanding their rights. In videos shared on social media, the women could be heard demanding their rights, including social security, right to work, right to education and right to political participation.

These protests mark the first sign of rebellion against the Taliban ever since the militant group took control of Afghanistan on August 15. Many Afghans have fled the country and thousands are still waiting to board a flight at the Kabul airport.

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