A demonstration was held in Dublin against the policies of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Many Afghan-Irish gathered outside the GPO in Dublin to oppose the Taliban’s intransigent policies, especially against women.
The protesters called on the government not to recognize the new Taliban government and to use their influence on the UN Security Council to help the Afghans.
Many protesters moved to Ireland when the Taliban first took power over 20 years ago, and most have family members living in Afghanistan.
Sajad Bakhshi is a member of the Afghan community in Ireland and moved to the country 20 years ago.
“Now, unfortunately, the regime has taken over.
“It’s a cycle and I’m here to protest because I have family left over there,” he said.
“I can look Irish and act Irish, but my skin and blood will always be Afghan and I’m here to protest for the Afghan people.
“I am always with them and the world has not turned its back on them, we are still with them and we are fighting and can still hear your pain and want your freedom.
“Ireland knows the pain and understands the pain.
“My message is for the women of Afghanistan, please stay strong and don’t stop now.
“Please continue your strikes and we are with you.
“We condemn the brutality of (towards) women.”
Beshta Bakhshi said people’s lives turned upside down in just a few days.
“We are Irish Afghan nationals living in Ireland and we are here to make the voices heard for those without a voice in Afghanistan, including men, women and girls.
“Especially the women who have been affected by the difficulties,” she said.
“In the space of a week, people’s lives changed.
“Once the Taliban regime arrives, everyone is forced into this miserable life that they lived two decades ago.
“My mother’s whole family lives in Afghanistan and worked for the government and civil servants and had good jobs.
“Now everyone is home and has no idea what’s going to happen next.
“Don’t give up hope, we have the technology on our side now two decades later, they won’t get away with it.
“We don’t want Ireland to recognize the Taliban as a government.”
Catherine Kennedy, director of St Vincent de Paul Infants in Marino, Dublin, said the government should use its influence on the UN Security Council.
She added: “As an Irish school principal, a trade unionist who is passionate about education and who recognizes that education is a fundamental right of every human being wherever they are, that is why I am here to support afghan women.
“It’s a shame the so-called government, the Taliban drug lords, who deny Afghan women their basic right to education, only men and boys are allowed.
“They eradicated women and girls from education.
“I want Afghan women to know that they have our full support.
Afghan journalist Sayed Farid Sanai said: “What is happening is incredible.
“We had good freedom of speech and could speak the truth, but now since the Taliban took power, we have nothing, no peace, no freedom of speech.
“For Afghan journalists, it’s difficult, they can’t talk about reality and they have to shut up or they’ll be killed.