Taliban Bans All Unauthorized Protests in Afghanistan

The Taliban has banned all protests in Afghanistan that do not have a prior authorization from its Justice and Interior Ministries.

“In the last few days, mass demonstrations took place in Kabul and other provinces that violate the safety and calm of civilians. All such actions must be legal and must be negotiated with the Ministry of Justice and other agencies,” a statement from the Taliban’s Interior Ministry said on Sept. 8, as quoted by Russian news agency TASS.

According to the statement, organizers of protests need to inform relevant government agencies of “the goals of an event, slogans, and other details at least 24 hours in advance” or face “serious punishment.”

The announcement follows the Taliban’s violent crackdown on protesters, including the use of gunfire and tear gas to stop a women’s rights protest in Kabul last Sept. 4 and another demonstration in Herat last Sept. 7, where two people were fatally shot.

The announcement also came after the Taliban unveiled its new government with only men and no women despite its previous promises of an inclusive government.

The ban on protests is the first decree issued by the Islamist militant group’s Interior Ministry, led by Sirajuddin Haqqani who is wanted by the United States on terrorism charges.


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