Afghan women protesting Afghanistan’s new interim government in Kabul on Wednesday were ousted by the Taliban.
The Taliban used whips and sticks against the female protesters in the latest crackdown on dissent in Afghanistan, NewsMadura reported.
Videos and images received by NewsMadura show the women chanting, “Long live the women of Afghanistan.”
Some held placards that read “No government can deny the presence of women” and “I will sing liberty over and over.”
According to witnesses, the Taliban also beat up journalists covering the demonstration.
A woman said during Wednesday’s protest: “We have gathered here to protest against the government’s recent announcement that there is no representation of women in this government.”
She said some of the protesters “were whipped and told us to go to our homes and recognize and accept the emirate. Why should we accept the emirate when no inclusion or rights have been given to us?”
As she spoke, she held a poster that read, “A cabinet without women is a loser, a loser.”
The women called on the Taliban to honor their past commitments to ensure women’s rights are preserved, Ariana News reported.
The protesters also said the government should appoint women to senior government positions.
“We are not women of yesterday. We want our rights. We faced violence yesterday, but we will continue our fight,” said Diba Farahmand, another activist.
When the interim government of the ‘Islamic Emirate’ was announced on Tuesday, no women, members of religious minorities or members of Afghanistan’s deposed leadership were selected for acting cabinet positions or appointed to advisory positions.
The cabinet members are made up of many Taliban figures who are considered hardliners. The list released by chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was dominated by members of the group’s old guard.
Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund has been appointed as Prime Minister with two deputies Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Molavi Abdul Salam Hanafi.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NewsMadura staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.)