Taliban fighters pepper spray women protesters calling for rights

The militant organization has prohibited unauthorized protests and has regularly engaged to violently disrupt protests calling for women's rights

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Three protestors told The associated press that Taliban troops shot pepper spray at a group of women demonstrating in Afghanistan’s capital on Sunday, seeking the freedom to work and education.

Since taking over the nation by force in August, the Taliban administration has gradually increased restrictions on Afghans, particularly women.

An AFP journalist said that around 20 women gathered in front of Kabul University, screaming “equality and justice” and carrying placards that read “Women’s rights, human rights.”

According to three woman demonstrators, the protest was subsequently suppressed by Taliban militants who came into the area in multiple cars.

A protester who did not want to be identified for security concerns said

Three Taliban cars arrived near Kabul University, and gunmen from one of the vehicles threw pepper spray on us.

My right eye began to swell. I told one of them, Shame on you, and he drew his revolver and aimed it at me.

One of the ladies had to be transported to the hospital, according to two other protesters, after the pepper spray triggered an allergic response in her eyes and face.

A fighter grabbed a man’s phone who was recording the protest, according to an AFP journalist.

The militant organization has prohibited unauthorized protests and has regularly engaged to violently disrupt protests calling for women’s rights.

Taliban officials have banned women from returning to work in the public sector, and many secondary schools for females have yet to reopen, as well as public universities.

Women who are not escorted by a close male relative are not permitted to travel long distances.

The government has also established instructions forbidding television stations from showing series and movies with female performers.

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