Taliban firing disperses Afghan women's protest in Kabul

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KABUL: Dozens of women took to the streets against the Taliban restrictions on women in Sadarat Square of Kabul city on Saturday, but the Taliban disrupted the protest with armed intervention.
Chanting anti-Taliban slogans of “Work, bread, and Freedom,” the women demanded a reversal of limitations on Afghan women, carrying a banner reading “August 15 is a black day” – a reference to the day the Taliban captured Kabul in 2021.
About 40 women marched in the capital demanding rights before the Taliban broke it up by firing into the air. The fighters seized their mobile phones, stopping one of the first women’s protests in months.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, women took to the streets in Panjsher province, chanting anti-Taliban slogans and demanding the international community not to recognize the Taliban. Protesting in a closed space, they said recognizing the Taliban meant recognizing women in ‘shrouds’. They added the Taliban’s recognition would mean death to democracy.