Taliban Beats Afghan Women Protesters, Journalists

Taliban fighters used whips, sticks, and electric batons to beat a group of women protesters and journalists covering the demonstration in Kabul on Sept. 8.

Dozens of women took to the streets of the Afghan capital a day after the Taliban announced a new government with no women in it despite previous promises of an inclusive government.

One woman told CNN that a few protesters were “hit with whips and they tell us to go to our homes and recognize and accept the Emirate.”

“Why should we accept the Emirate while no inclusion or rights have been given to us?” the woman added.

Another woman told BBC News that the protesters were marching peacefully when four to five vehicles with about 10 Taliban fighters in each of them followed and beat the protesters.

“They struck my shoulder twice. I could feel pain all over my body. It still hurts and I can’t move my arm,” the woman said.

Afghan newspaper Etilaat Roz reported that the Taliban also arrested five of its journalists covering the protests.

The local newspaper said that the Taliban “severely” beat two of its journalists — Taqi Daryabi and Nematullah Naqdi — while in custody.

Los Angeles Times reported that the Taliban also detained and repeatedly slapped a Euronews producer.

Photos uploaded by Los Angeles Times journalist Marcus Yam showed women holding placards in the southwestern Kabul neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, an area mostly inhabited by the minority Shia Hazara ethnic group that has previously been targeted by the Taliban.

According to CNN, some of the placards read, “No government can deny the presence of women” and “A cabinet without women is a loser.”

The protest is the latest show of defiance by Afghan women against the Taliban rule.

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