Afghanistan: Taliban fire warning shots at protest in Kabul

The Taliban have fired shots to disperse the crowd at a large protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Video footage from the scene shows people running to safety, while heavy gunfire can be heard in the background.

On Tuesday, thousands of protesters took to the street to demand women’s rights and denounce Taliban rule.

Protesters also chanted anti-Pakistan slogans, as many believe neighbouring Pakistan supports the Taliban, which the country has denied.

The demonstrations come a day after the leader of the resistance forces, Ahmad Massoud, called for a “national uprising” against the Taliban.

There’s a video that shows Taliban fighters firing their guns into the air – a move the group banned last week after several people were reported killed after a celebratory aerial fire.

Some journalists were not allowed to film at the rally, and Afghanistan’s Tolo News agency reported that its cameraman was arrested along with some other local and foreign media workers.

Women have been protesting for the past week, but on Tuesday men also joined their calls for equality and safety. Many observers had commented that there were no men at the previous women-led rallies.

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