Taliban Special Forces fighters dispersed female protesters at a civil rights rally in Kabul. The fighters fired warning shots into the air.
The rally was initially peaceful. The women had put wreaths on the Ministry of Defense building to honor the memory of those who had died in the fight against the Taliban. A spokesperson for the group came out to them and promised their rights would be respected.
However, when the women arrived at the Presidential Palace, the road was blocked by armed gunmen. They started shooting in the air. According to some reports, tear gas was also used.
From 1996 to 2001 when Afghanistan was under Taliban rule women were deprived of civil rights, educational institutions were closed to them, they could not go out without a male escort. Now the Taliban claim it won’t happen again, but they are not believed.