Kabul: Taliban militants have broken up a demonstration by dozens of women in Kabul who were protesting for their rights after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. The women protesters say that the militant group targeted them with tear gas and pepper spray as they tried to walk from a bridge to the presidential palace.
The women were protesting for their rights to work and to be included in the government. The Taliban said that they will announce the make-up of their government in the coming days but they added that the women can be involved in the administration but not hold any ministerial positions.
Many women fear the return of the Taliban, fear the way they were treated when the Taliban were previously in power, between 1996 and 2001. During the old regime of the Taliban, women were forced to cover their faces outside the house, and harsh punishments were meted if not listened to them or even executed.
“Twenty-five years ago, when the Taliban came, they prevented me from going to school. After five years of their rule, I studied for 25 years and worked hard. For the sake of our better future, we will not allow this to happen,” journalist Azita Nazimi told Tolo.
Another demonstrator, Soraya, told, “they also hit women on the head with a gun magazine, and the women became bloody.”