A protest organised by Afghan women in Kabul was brought to an abrupt end by Taliban special forces.
The demonstrators, who were calling for equal rights, began peacefully outside Afghanistan’s defence ministry to honour Afghan soldiers who died during the course of fighting the Taliban.
The protesters then marched to the presidential palace, during which they were met with several Taliban officials who asked what they wanted to say.
A university student called Sudaba Kabiri engaged in conversation with one of the officials, stating that Islam’s Prophet gave women rights and that they wanted theirs.
The women, all in their 20s, were sceptical of the Taliban official’s promise that they would be given their rights.
When the protesters arrived at the presidential palace, a dozen Taliban special forces members ran into the crowd while firing into the air, which sent the demonstrators fleeing.
According to one witness, the Taliban also fired tear gas.
As the Taliban gains recent control over Afghanistan, they have promised an inclusive government and a more moderate form of Islamic rule than when they last ruled the country 20 years ago.
However, many women living in the country have expressed fears over the Taliban’s ruling and are sceptical of their promises to bring a more moderate form of Islamic rule to the country.