“No one was prepared for anything so violent,” admits Lucas, aged 23. “It was utterly shocking. People I've spoken to about it, people who've already experienced this kind of confrontation, told me that you couldn't last five minutes. Some had umbrellas but the grenades were blowing up the umbrellas. The police launched five thousand grenades in two hours. There was nothing we could do. Some managed to get near the fencing, to break through the first barbed wire, but the second, it just wasn't possible. If you got in there it was certain death.”
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.