Thousands gathered in central London on Saturday to protest the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and show solidarity with Afghans who oppose the new regime in Kabul.
Several thousand people descended on the center of the British capital from lunchtime, gathered in Hyde Park and marched through Whitehall past Downing Street, the residence and office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The British leader faced sharp criticism this week over his government’s handling of the crisis in Afghanistan, as Britain, the United States and other Western allies struggle to evacuate their citizens and others from Kabul.
Protesters at the London event marched behind a banner that read “Talib has not changed”, while others held signs with slogans such as “stop killing Afghans” and “stop oppression of Afghan women”.
Many in attendance also waved the black, red and green national flag of Afghanistan and shouted slogans against the Taliban takeover.
The Taliban have urged to treat women fairly and not seek retaliation against Afghans who have collaborated with Western forces during their two-decade engagement with the country, as thousands try to flee Kabul amid chaotic scenes.
Many Afghans and others, including those demonstrating in London, are highly skeptical of their reassurances amid reports that terrorists have already begun violent reprisals against people on so-called blacklists.
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