The Taliban on Thursday hit several journalists for blocking media coverage of a women’s rights protest in Kabul.
A group of about 20 women marched from near the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Finance in the Afghan capital.
Wearing a colorful headscarf, they raised slogans of “Don’t politicize education” as traffic went off shortly before 10 a.m.
The women held placards saying: “We have no right to study and work”, and “unemployment, poverty, hunger”, as they walked with their arms in the air.
AFP journalists observed that Taliban officials allowed the women to walk freely for about an hour and a half.
However, a Taliban fighter hit a foreign journalist with the butt of a rifle who took the oath and kicked the photographer in the back as another punched him.
At least two more journalists were killed as they dispersed, with Taliban fighters chasing them and fisting and kicking.
One of the organizers of the protest, Zahra Mohammadi, told AFP the women were marching despite the risks they faced.
“The situation is that the Taliban do not respect anything: not journalists – foreign and local – or women,” she said.
“Schools should be reopened for girls. But the Taliban took that right from us.”
High school girls have been barred from returning to classes for more than a month, while many women have been banned from returning to work since the Taliban came to power in mid-August.
“My message to all girls and women is this: ‘Don’t be afraid of the Taliban, even if your family doesn’t allow you to leave your home. Fear not. Go out, make sacrifices, fight for your rights’,” said Mohammadi .
“We have to make this sacrifice so that the next generation lives in peace.”
The children walked with protests in the city of Kabul, although it was not clear whether they were part of an organized group.
Some Taliban fighters deployed in March wore full camouflage combat gear, including body armor, helmets and knee pads, while others were dressed in traditional Afghan clothing.
His weapons include US-made M16 assault rifles and AK-47s.
Unthinkable under the radical Islamist group’s last regime in the 1990s, since the Taliban’s return to power, Afghans have held street protests across the country, sometimes with several hundred men and several women at the forefront. .
But a ban on unauthorized demonstrations has meant that protests against Afghanistan’s new masters have waned.
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