As the Taliban crackdown continues, Afghan women continue to fight for their rights.
They are terrorists, not our people. One protesting woman stated that they were killing our people.
Exclusive footage taken by a Newsy photographer in Kabul shows us the largest protests against Taliban rule to date.
The march was Tuesday — just as the Taliban announced an all-male interim government.
All week, groups of women in Kabul and elsewhere in the country have taken to the streets at great personal risks — wearing hijabs and bravely showing their faces to the world.
What are their demands? Inclusion and equal rights in government and society
The activists also shouting support to resistance fighters in the Panjshir province — and against Pakistan’s influence in their country.
The woman protesting said, “Our demands were this: stop killing them.”
In response, the Taliban have used whips, sticks and live ammunition to beat up and break up the protests — as seen in this footage captured with cell phones.
According to a U.N official, the Taliban violent crackdown has already resulted in four deaths.
Ravina Shamdasani (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) stated, “We ask the Taliban immediately to cease the use force towards, or the arbitrary detention, those exercising their rights to peaceful assembly, and the journalists covering these protests.”
The Taliban have detained at least 14 reporters covering the protests — assaulting nine of them, according to the committee to protect journalists.
Newsy was told that the Taliban hit him on his head, broke his bones, and stole his notes. The reporter also accused him of “spreading false propagandism.”
The Taliban leadership has already banned all demonstrations that did not have approval from the government. They also warned about “severe legal implications” for anyone who does not follow their orders.
Despite this, feminist activists continue to fight.
Reporter asked: “Are we going to keep doing this?” It’s dangerous.”
A protester replied, “Yes, for certain, for sure,” “We will not stop, we will not be afraid of this,” a protester said.