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For the second day in a row, Afghan women took to the streets of Kabul on Saturday to defend their rights. The demonstration was dispersed by tear gas and warning shots from the Taliban.
In Afghanistan, a new demonstration of activists in Kabul was interrupted on Saturday, September 4, by the special forces of the Taliban, after warning shots and the use of tear gas.
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The women’s march, the second in two days in Kabul, began peacefully. The rally was made up of activists, feminists, students and Afghan artists, who want the international community to take an interest in their plight against the Taliban.
With slogans like “You have no legitimacy without the rights of women, Taliban, Taliban”, the group of women strolled through the streets of Kabul, under the gaze of armed men.
“We have studied for years, the Taliban will not let us work, we cannot go back”, indignant one of the demonstrators.
As the women reached the presidential palace, the Taliban special forces dispersed them with force, firing in the air and scaring away the demonstrators. A protester interviewed by the Associated Press said they also fired tear gas.
What place for women in the future government?
Pending the announcement of the composition of the Taliban government, calls to include women in the new executive appear to have little weight. The deputy head of their political office in Qatar, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai hinted that there “might not be” women ministers or in senior positions, deeming this option possible only at lower levels.
The composition of the new executive will therefore be a test of the real desire for change displayed by the Islamists, whose first passage to power (1996-2001) was marked by a brutal policy towards women and political opponents. .