The Taliban on Wednesday shot down a massive protest in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, in favor of the Afghan tricolor, where protesters opposed replacing it with the white flag inscribed with the declaration of Islamic faith, which represents the insurgents. and his Islamic Emirate. At the moment there is no information on whether there have been deaths or injuries.
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The protests took place this morning in the streets of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangahar province, one of the last cities to fall into the hands of the Taliban.
“Protests in the city of Jalalabad in support of the national flag … The Taliban have fired at protesters and hit some photojournalists,” Afghan news agency Pajhwok reported on Twitter.
In a first video collected by the Afghan agency, a large crowd is seen walking the streets of the city despite the risks, with flags raised or holding several other large ones, while the crowd chants.
Taliban fighters fired into the air to break up the crowd, but it did not disperse. In a later video of the jubilation and the show of force, the chaos is passed, with shots apparently in the air by supposed Taliban, and then the images of several men crying inside a house.
According to this Afghan news agency, there have also been protests in other cities in the country such as Khost, in the east of the country.
The tricolor flag
Following the takeover of Kabul on Sunday by the Taliban following a rapid offensive that in just over a week led them to conquer 33 of the 34 Afghan provincial capitals, including Jalalabad, many Afghans were surprised that the insurgents initially keep the Afghan tricolor flag flying.
The gesture of the Afghan tricolor waving in Kabul was important to Afghans, after in much of the country the Taliban lowered the national flag to raise in its place the white flag inscribed with the Shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith.
“The flag has been the symbol of identity for Afghans for the last two decades, I hope the Taliban do not change it and lower this flag, millions of Afghans love it from the heart,” a Kabul citizen told EFE on Monday.
However, it seems that it was nothing more than a mirage, and little by little the Taliban white flag is advancing in Afghanistan, as the main insurgent spokesman, Zabihulla Mujahid, showed yesterday in his first public press conference in two decades of war.