The Taliban showed Afghans a foretaste of things to come on Tuesday when they opened fire into a crowd of protestors who dared to defy their sharia-based rule.
As The Hill reports:
Taliban fighters reportedly fired into a crowd and beat protesters in cities throughout Afghanistan on Wednesday, just days after the insurgent group took control of the country.
Al Jazeera reported that at least two people were killed and 12 others injured after shots were fired during a protest in Jalalabad.
Dozens of Afghans gathered in the city to raise the national flag before the country’s Independence Day, according to The Associated Press.
#BREAKING: Taliban fires at Afghan locals in Jalalabad city of Afghanistan after the crowd removed Taliban flag and waved Afghan tricolour flag openly. Taliban terrorists can be seen firing at the crowd to disperse them. Taliban fears an open rebellion. pic.twitter.com/MzkDPSMKkQ
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) August 18, 2021
As Afghans tried to lower the Taliban flag, which was raised after the insurgent group took over the region, fighters started firing shots in the air and attacking the Afghans with batons in an effort to disperse the crowd, the AP reported, citing video footage.
*GRAPHIC WARNING* Taliban fighters use gunfire, whips, sticks and sharp objects to maintain crowd control over thousands of Afghans who continue to wait for a way out, on airport road. At least half dozen were wounded while I was there, including a woman and her child. #Kabul pic.twitter.com/a2KzNPx07R
— Marcus Yam 文火 (@yamphoto) August 17, 2021
Serious violence has also been reported at Taliban checkpoints leading to the airports which thousands of American citizens will now be forced to pass through in order to escape the country per the order of the Biden Administration.