Taliban fire into air to disperse women's rally backing Iran protests
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In neighbouring Iran, dozens of people have been killed since demonstrations erupted over 22-year-old Mahsa Amini's death after she was arrested for allegedly breaching rules on hijabs and modest clothing.
"We need to end these horrific governments," said a protester who did not reveal her name for security reasons.
"People here are also tired of the Taliban's crimes. We are sure that one day our people will rise in the same way as the Iranian people," she said.
Taliban forces swiftly snatched the banners and tore them in front of the protesters.
They also ordered some journalists to delete videos of the rally.
- 'Severe restrictions' -
Many of the rules -- including dress code, segregation from men and travelling with a male guardian -- are monitored by the Taliban's vice and virtue police who roam the streets dressed in white.
Women must fully cover themselves in public, preferably with the all-encompassing burqa, according to the rules, which are enforced with varying rigour across the country.
Deputy foreign minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai at a function earlier this week said "education is obligatory for men and women".
"If we want national unity then doors of educational institutions must be open for all," he said on live television.
Earlier this week, a United Nations report denounced the "severe restrictions" on women and called for them to be reversed.
"The international community has not and will not forget Afghan women and girls," the report said.