Taliban officials used gunfire on Sept. 4 to stop a protest march staged by dozens of women who were demanding for equal rights following the militant group’s takeover in Afghanistan.
The group of women also said that the Taliban used tear gas and pepper spray when they tried to march from a bridge to the presidential palace.
Civil society activist Suraya told Afghan news outlet Tolo News that the Taliban “attacked us” and “beat” a number of women.
The Taliban said that they used tear gas and fired their weapons into the air because the protesters went “out of control.”
A video uploaded by Tolo News on Twitter showed Taliban officials, some of which were armed and dressed in camouflage uniform, confronting the shouting protesters.
The protest, which is the second held by Afghan women, began peacefully when the demonstrators laid a wreath outside the building of the defense ministry to honor the Afghan soldiers who died fighting against the Taliban.
The protests came after the Taliban said that women can be part of the new government, but not hold high-ranking positions.
Many women fear a rollback of their rights gained over the last 20 years under the Taliban leadership.
When the Taliban first ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, women were forced to cover their faces outside and most were not allowed to go to school and to work.
© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.