Afghans protest Taliban in emerging challenge to their rule

Afghans protest Taliban in emerging challenge to their rule
Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Protesters in Afghanistan defied the Taliban for a second day Thursday, waving the national flag of the country in scattered demonstrations that were met with renewed violence by Taliban fighters who are facing growing challenges to their rule.

An official from the United Nations (UN) warned of dire food shortages in the country which has 38 million people reliant on imports. Experts, including the governor of Afghanistan’s central bank said the country was severely short on cash, highlighting that the Taliban face the same problems as the civilian government they whitewashed without the level of international aid it enjoyed.

In light of these challenges, Taliban has moved quickly to suppress any challenge to their rule, despite their promises that they will act more moderate since they last imposed draconian rule on Afghanistan.

Many people fear the Taliban will succeed in erasing 20 years of efforts to expand women’s and human rights and remake the country.

On Thursday, a procession of people and cars near Kabul’s airport carried long black, green and red banners in honor of the Afghan flag — a banner that is becoming a symbol of defiance since the Taliban has their own flag.

A video posted online shows another protest in Nangarhar province, where one demonstrator with a gunshot wound bleeding, as onlookers tried to carry him away.

According to information obtained by journalists monitoring from abroad, Taliban authorities instituted a 24-hour curfew in Khost province on Thursday after violently breaking up another protest. The militants didn’t immediately acknowledge the demonstration or the curfew.

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