Crowds of Afghans in Kabul are defying the Taliban by marching through the streets with the national flag of Afghanistan in celebration of the country's 1919 independence from British colonial rule.
The Taliban seeks to replace the black, red and green Afghan national flag with their own white and black flag.
Witnesses accounts and video shared widely on social media Thursday show crowds marching through the capital with the national flag. In some instances, people had replaced the white and black Taliban flag with the Afghan tricolor.
One witness CNN spoke with said protesters in Kabul marched past Taliban fighters screaming “Long Live Afghanistan.” Another witness told CNN the Taliban had fired into the air to try and break up the procession. It is unclear if anyone was injured.
In the eastern city of Jalalabad, the country's fifth largest, another witness CNN spoke with said protesters demonstrated on the streets for a second consecutive day. According to the witness, protesters were met with a violent response by the Taliban.
The witness said Taliban fighters had shot onto the crowd.
Video sent to CNN from Jalalabad showed protesters that had been injured, seemingly hit by gunfire. The video showed protesters being transported onto cars, wrapped in Afghanistan’s national flag.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.