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Afghanistan’s Tiananmen Square Moment – When A Woman Faced Taliban Gun

At least three rallies were held in an unprecedented show of defiance against the Taliban, known for its brutality, especially towards women, in its last stint in power.

An Afghan lady faces an armed Taliban man in one of the many compelling images that emerged from protests in Kabul on Tuesday against the hardline group. The Taliban fired shots to scatter many peoples who had gathered at several rallies on the streets of the Afghan capital.

Something like three rallies was held in an unprecedented show of defiance against the Taliban, known for its severity, particularly towards ladies, in its last stretch in power. For the most part, ladies drove one of the fights outside the Pakistan government office.

The Reuters photo of the weapon prepared on the Afghan lady, tweeted by Tolo News journalist Zahra Rahimi, had echoes of the defining image of a lone man defiantly blocking tanks at China’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.

“An Afghan woman fearlessly stands face to face with a Taliban armed man who pointed his gun to her chest,” wrote Ms. Rahimi.

A developing number of protests have emerged in the nation over the previous week, with Afghans fearing a repeat of the Taliban’s previous oppressive regime when people were publicly executed in stadiums.

Recordings posted via social media showed scores of peoples walking through the roads, holding up banners and chanting slogans, watched by armed Taliban members.

Journalists alleged that they were messed up and their IDs and cameras were grabbed by the Taliban. The Kabul-based Afghan Independent Journalists Association said 14 writers – Afghan and foreign — were detained briefly during the protests before being released. Reporters were seen with cuts and bruises to their hands and knees in images online.

Hours after the protest, the Taliban announced their government, which incorporates UN-boycotted Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund as Prime Minister and Taliban fellow benefactor Abdul Ghani Baradar as his agent.