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Taliban forces disperse Afghan women's protest as group nears 1 year back in power

Taliban fighters fired shots in the air to disperse a protest by Afghan women's rights activists in Kabul on Saturday, two days ahead of the group's 1st anniversary in power.

'Girls' schools are still closed, women are being fired from their jobs for no reason,' Kabul protester says

Taliban fighters fired into the air as they dispersed a rare rally by women who chanted, "Bread, work and freedom" and marched in front of the education ministry building, days ahead of the first anniversary of the hardline Islamists' return to power, on August 13, 2022 in Kabul.
Taliban fighters fired shots into the air on Saturday in Kabul to disperse a rare rally by women ahead of the first anniversary of the hard-line Islamists' return to power. (Nava Jamshidi/Getty Images)

Taliban security forces fired shots in the air to disperse a protest by Afghan women's rights activists in Kabul on Saturday.

The women were marching on the streets and chanting, "Bread, work and freedom."

Activist Zholia Parsi said some of the women were detained by the Taliban.

"This protest was against the Taliban's one year in power because they don't have any agenda for governing, girls' schools are still closed, women are being fired from their jobs for no reason, poverty is increasing, so for all good reasons we were protesting."

Women demonstrate ahead of the first anniversary of the Taliban's return to power in Kabul on Saturday.
Women demonstrate Saturday in Kabul ahead of the first anniversary of the Taliban's return to power, on Aug. 15, 2021. (Nava Jamshidi/Getty Images)

The protest came just two days ahead of the Taliban's first anniversary in power after the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan last year.

The Taliban's capture of Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021, brought the hard-line movement back into power in Afghanistan nearly 20 years after the group was toppled by the U.S. invasion following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. 

With the group's return to power, girls have not been allowed to study above sixth grade and many women in governmental posts haven't been allowed to work.

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