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Afghan women hold placards as they march and shout slogans ‘Bread, work, freedom’ during a womens' rights protest in Kabul. Taliban fighters beat women protesters and fired into the air on Saturday as they violently dispersed a rare rally in the Afghan capital, days ahead of the first anniversary of the hardline Islamists' return to power. (AFP)Premium
Afghan women hold placards as they march and shout slogans ‘Bread, work, freedom’ during a womens' rights protest in Kabul. Taliban fighters beat women protesters and fired into the air on Saturday as they violently dispersed a rare rally in the Afghan capital, days ahead of the first anniversary of the hardline Islamists' return to power. (AFP)

  • The women protesters carried a banner which read ‘August 15 is a black day’ as they demanded rights to work and political participation

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Just days ahead of the first anniversary of the hardline Islamists' return to power, Taliban fighters reportedly beat women protesters and fired into the air on Saturday as they violently dispersed a rare rally in the Afghan capital. Since seizing power on August 15 last year, the Taliban have rolled back the marginal gains made by women during the two decades of US intervention in Afghanistan, news agency AFP reported.

Taliban fighters reportedly beat women protesters and fired into the air on Saturday as they violently dispersed a rare rally in the Afghan capital.
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Taliban fighters reportedly beat women protesters and fired into the air on Saturday as they violently dispersed a rare rally in the Afghan capital. (AFP)

An AFP correspondent reported that about 40 women, chanting “Bread, work and freedom," marched in front of the education ministry building in Kabul, before the fighters dispersed them by firing their guns into the air and some women protesters who took refuge in nearby shops were chased and beaten by Taliban fighters with their rifle butts. The protesters carried a banner which read "August 15 is a black day" as they demanded rights to work and political participation, the report said, adding that, "justice, justice. We're fed up with ignorance," chanted the protesters, many of them not wearing face veils, before they dispersed. Some journalists covering the protest, which is the first women's rally in months, were also beaten by the Taliban fighters.

Taliban fighters fire in air to disperse Afghan women protesters in Kabul on August 13, 2022.
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Taliban fighters fire in air to disperse Afghan women protesters in Kabul on August 13, 2022. (AFP)

Following seizing power, the Taliban had promised a softer version of the harsh Islamist rule that characterised their first stint in power from 1996 to 2001, however, many restrictions have already been imposed, with tens of thousands of girls have been shut out of secondary schools, while women have been barred from returning to many government jobs.

Taliban fighters beat women protesters and fired into the air on Saturday as they violently dispersed a rare rally in the Afghan capital, days ahead of the first anniversary of the hardline Islamists' return to power. 
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Taliban fighters beat women protesters and fired into the air on Saturday as they violently dispersed a rare rally in the Afghan capital, days ahead of the first anniversary of the hardline Islamists' return to power.  (AFP)

It is worth noting that, since coming to power, women have also been banned from travelling alone on long trips, and can only visit public gardens and parks in the capital on days separate from men, the report said.

Taliban fighters walk as they fire in air to disperse Afghan women protesters in Kabul on August 13, 2022.
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Taliban fighters walk as they fire in air to disperse Afghan women protesters in Kabul on August 13, 2022. (AFP)

Earlier this year in May, the country's supreme leader and chief of the Taliban, Hibatullah Akhundzada, reportedly ordered women to fully cover themselves in public, including their faces, with an all-encompassing burqa, while some Afghan women initially pushed back against the curbs, holding small protests, the Taliban soon rounded up the ringleaders, holding them incommunicado while denying they had been detained, the report said.

(With inputs from AFP)

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