Afghanistan: Taliban fire in the air to disperse a demonstration in support of Iranian women
The Taliban on Thursday broke up a rally of Afghan women outside the Iranian embassy in Kabul with gunfire in the air, who had come to support Iranian protesters whose struggle they are said to be sharing.
Shouting “Woman, life, freedom,” about 25 women wearing headscarves demonstrated on the street opposite the Iranian embassy for about fifteen minutes before being blown up by gunfire from Taliban stationed in front of the building, AFP journalists noted .
According to the same source, the Taliban also tried to hit the protesters with rifle butts.
“Iran rises, now it’s our turn”, “From Kabul to Iran, say no to the dictatorship!” chanted the demonstrators behind banners, which the Taliban tore from their hands.
The women, some with their faces hidden behind sunglasses and surgical masks, picked up the debris from their banners, formed balls of paper and threw them at the Taliban who were facing them.
The latter also ordered journalists to delete videos and photos of the demonstration.
Demonstrations have been taking place in Iran nightly since September 16, when young Mahsa Amini died in hospital, three days after she was arrested by vice squads in Tehran for violating a strict dress code for women in the Islamic Republic of Iran had cover their hair in public.
“We are here to show our support and solidarity with the Iranian people and the women victims of the Taliban in Afghanistan,” said a protest organizer on condition of anonymity.
Since the Taliban returned to power in August 2021, despite their ban, several sporadic demonstrations by women have been organized in the capital and other cities in the country, whether against the loss of their jobs or to demand the right to work.
Some of them were violently repressed and the activists who called for the rallies were arrested by the Taliban.
– Very strict rules –
Indeed, after 20 years of war and the withdrawal of the American army from Afghanistan, the country’s new leaders introduced very strict rules on women’s behavior, especially in public life, and ordered women to wear a full veil in public, preferably the burqa .
The dreaded Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice quickly replaced the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and specifically mandated the segregation of women and men in Kabul’s public parks.
Islamist fundamentalists have also closed secondary schools for girls in most provinces. They ordered women to cover themselves fully in public, ideally with a burqa.
On September 10, dozens of young girls in Garde demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after noticing the closure of their schools, which had reopened a week earlier under pressure from students and tribal leaders.
On Tuesday, a United Nations report condemned these “severe restrictions” on women’s rights, particularly the ban on secondary education, and called on the Taliban to “immediately reverse this decision.”
The international community stressed that lifting restrictions on women’s rights is a key condition for recognizing the Taliban government. So far, no country has recognized the Islamist government.
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