Taliban use water cannon on girls protesting training order in Afghanistan


A gaggle of ladies took to the streets within the metropolis of Herat in Afghanistan on Saturday, protesting in opposition to a Taliban order this week suspending all feminine college students from attending college within the nation.

Video footage circulating on social media confirmed Taliban officers utilizing a water cannon to disperse the feminine protesters.

Ladies might be seen operating from the water cannon and chanting “cowards” at officers.

The Taliban’s announcement this week that it was suspending college training for feminine college students was its newest step in an ongoing clampdown on the freedoms of Afghan girls.

The transfer got here regardless of the group promising when it returned to energy final yr that it might honor girls’s rights.

It follows an analogous transfer in March this yr that barred women from returning to secondary faculties.

Male college students in universities throughout the nation have responded to the most recent training ban by boycotting their exams in protest.

“Education is the duty of men and women,” learn an announcement from the Mirwais Nika Institute of Increased Training in Kandahar issued Saturday. “It is the fundamental right and secret of the country’s development and self-reliance.”

College students had first requested Taliban officers to reverse the ban however “no positive response” was given, the varsity mentioned – including that “dissatisfaction and unhappiness” fueled the boycott.

One college official advised CNN that the scholars’ resolution to boycott their admissions exams would result in courses being placed on maintain.

The Taliban returned to energy in Afghanistan in August 2021 in a lightning takeover following the withdrawal of US troops, having beforehand dominated the nation from 1996 till 2001 – when the US-led invasion pressured the group from energy.

Beneath its earlier interval of rule the group was infamous for its therapy of ladies as second-class residents.

After seizing energy final yr, the group made quite a few guarantees that it might shield the rights of ladies and women.

However activists say the Taliban have reneged on their phrase and are steadily chipping away at girls’s freedoms as soon as once more.

On Saturday, the group ordered all native and worldwide non-governmental organizations (NGOs) within the nation to cease feminine workers from attending work. Non-compliance would outcome within the revoking of NGO licenses, an official ministry discover learn.

A spokesman advised CNN the transfer was because of the non-observation of Islamic costume guidelines and different legal guidelines and laws of the Islamic Emirate.

Afghan girls can not work in most sectors.

Their journey rights have additionally been severely restricted and entry to public areas considerably curtailed. Ladies are additionally required to completely cowl themselves in public – together with their faces.