On Wednesday, people in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city rallied at the streets of the captured region amidst the presence of the Taliban troops. The mob demanded the reinstallation of Afghanistan’s flag on public offices than the Taliban’s flag.
In return, the Taliban fighters opened fire at the street protesters, as reported by local news agency Pajhwok Afghan News. The Taliban fighters also attacked some journalists who were covering the protest on the spot.
The social media videos shared through various platforms displayed hundreds of people coming down to the street and marching ahead carrying Afghanistan’s flag. Gunshots sound could be heard in the background while protesters tried to evade the area. However, it cannot be justified whether the incident reported any injury or casualty.
Earlier in the day, some Afghani women proceeded to carry forward the first public protest in Afghanistan seeking their rights. In videos shared on various social media, the women could be heard asking for their rights, with the addition of social security, right to work, right to education and right to political participation.
These protests marked the first trace of rebellion against the Taliban to date since the militant group took control of Afghanistan on August 15. Many Afghan residents have fled the country while thousands are still waiting for their turn to be evacuated and board a flight at the Kabul airport.