A women’s protest was brought to a violent end yesterday in Kabul after Taliban special forces fired their guns into the air outside the presidential palace, which caused the demonstrators to flee the area.
According to witnesses, the soldiers ran into the crowd of demonstrators before violently engaging with them.
Witnesses stated that teargas was also fired at them and that they were beaten by the Taliban fighters.
These claims are some of the first forms of evidence of harsh treatment of women by the group, who have claimed to be more moderate in their rulings, especially with their attitudes towards women.
The Taliban has been seeking to convince the world that the harsh rule that they imposed from 1996 to 2001 is a thing of the past.
However, the protests that took place at Kabul present very little evidence of these claims being true.
One participant claimed that the Taliban used metal clubs and tools, stating that she received five stitches as a result of a head wound when she was knocked unconscious by one of the metal objects.