Taliban forces on Saturday attacked and stopped a peaceable protest by dozens of girls in Kabul, who have been calling for a restoration of the rights they’d obtained underneath the earlier Western-backed authorities.
Staging their first rally in months, the group of about 40 girls chanted slogans similar to “food, work and freedom.”
The ladies have been making reference to the extreme starvation disaster affecting Afghanistan because the Taliban took management final August, alongside curbs on girls working, training and motion rights.
“Justice, justice. We’re fed up with ignorance,” they chanted, many not sporting face veils.
Protesters fired at, then overwhelmed
Social media pictures confirmed Taliban forces firing warning pictures and bodily assaulting the ladies to disperse their gathering within the coronary heart of the town, close to the Schooling Ministry constructing.
One other video clip confirmed a small group of girls cornered by the troops in a closed place. Some have been overwhelmed by Taliban fighters with their rifle butts.
DW correspondent Sandra Petersmann shared footage of each the protest and a separate video the place the sound of Taliban gunfire will be heard as girls flee.
“Unfortunately, the Taliban from the intelligence service came and fired in the air,” mentioned Zholia Parsi, one of many organizers of the march. “They dispersed the girls, tore our banners and confiscated the mobile phones of many girls.”
Ladies’s motion curtailed
The Taliban seized Kabul on August 15, 2021, hours after the final US troops withdrew and the democratically elected Afghan authorities crumbled.
The hard-line Islamists had promised a softer model of the tough Islamist rule that characterised their first regime from 1996 to 2001.
However many restrictions have been reimposed, particularly on girls.
Tens of hundreds of women have been shut out of secondary faculties, whereas girls have been barred from returning to many civil service jobs.
Ladies have additionally been banned from touring alone on lengthy journeys and may solely go to public gardens and parks within the capital on days separate from males.
In Might, girls have been ordered to totally cowl themselves in public, together with their faces — ideally with an all-encompassing burqa.
The United Nations and rights teams have repeatedly slammed the Taliban and no nation has acknowledged their de facto authorities.
After the Taliban regained management final yr, the US and EU imposed extreme sanctions towards Afghanistan.
The punitive measures, together with the nation’s ruined worldwide standing, brought on a deep financial disaster that has left the inhabitants going through extreme meals and drugs shortages.