Highlights

  • Taliban fighters fired into the air to disperse a rare women's protest in Kabul
  • Some women protesters were beaten by Taliban: AFP
  • Protest just 2 days before first anniversary of Taliban's return to power

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Taliban fighters fire in air to disperse women's protest in Kabul

About 40 women -- chanting "Bread, work and freedom" -- marched in Kabul, before the fighters dispersed them

Taliban fighters fired into the air Saturday to disperse a rare women's protest in the Afghan capital, days ahead of the first anniversary of the hardline Islamists' return to power.

About 40 women -- chanting "Bread, work and freedom" -- marched in front of the education ministry building in Kabul, before the fighters dispersed them by firing their guns into the air, an AFP correspondent reported.

Some women protesters who took refuge in nearby shops were chased and beaten by Taliban fighters with their rifle butts.

The protesters carried a banner which read "August 15 is a black day" -- in reference to the upcoming anniversary -- as they demanded rights to work and political participation.

"Justice, justice. We're fed up with ignorance," chanted the protesters before they dispersed.

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