The Taliban fired in the air to disperse a group of women who had gathered in front of the Iranian embassy in Kabul to support the protests in the country.
About 25 Afghan women gathered today in front of the Iranian embassy in Kabul, chanting “Women, life, freedom!” to show support for the protest movement in Iran. They also carried banners that read “Iran has risen, now it’s our turn”.
The Taliban gunmen then fired in the air to disperse the crowd and tore down their banners.
Protests have erupted in many cities in Iran over the past two weeks following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish girl. Amini died on September 16, three days after being arrested by “ethical police” in the capital Tehran, accused of wearing a hijab that is incompatible with Islamic law.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said on September 28 that Amini’s incident left everyone “sorrowful” but warned that “chaos” was unacceptable.
President Raisi announced that he would not allow protests and riots to “destroy social stability”. He has ordered an investigation into Amini’s death and that “the medical examiner will release a report in the coming days”.
Iranian state media reported 41 people, including police and pro-government militiamen, were killed in the protests. Iranian human rights organizations say the actual number is higher.
The US, France, the European Union (EU) condemned Iran for Amani’s death. Meanwhile, Iranian officials accused the US and some European countries of trying to incite instability in the Islamic country.
Like Tam (Theo AFP, Reuters)