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The Taliban today dispersed with tear gas and gunfire into the air a protest organized by Afghan women, who in recent days have taken to the streets of Kabul to demand their participation in a future government in Afghanistan.

Afghan women were marching from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the doors of the Presidential Palace when they were stopped by the Taliban.

They prevented us from continuing the march and they said it is not allowed to go to the door of the Presidential Palace,” one of the organizers of the protest told Spanish agency Efe, who requested anonymity.

They used shots and tear gas to disperse and even if five women gather in a place to protest they are dispersed,” she added.

The same source said one of the protesters suffered a head wound during this morning’s clashes.

This is the second women’s protest held in Kabul in recent days (and the third since the Taliban took control of most of the country), after last Thursday around 20 Afghan women gathered to demand their rights. in the new Taliban regime.

“Today’s protest was in line with Thursday’s protest”, told Efe Samira Khairkhwa, another of the organizers, noting that the women intend to ask the Taliban “a meaningful participation in all aspects of life, including decision-making and politics”.

“Until the Taliban accept our demands, we will not remain silent, nor will we shut ourselves up at home,” he added.

The Taliban have promised that their government will be “inclusive”, representing all ethnicities and tribes in the country. However, fundamentalist leaders urged women to wait for the new guidelines, saying that, in the meantime, civil servants will be paid even if they are at home.

Taliban spokesman, Bilal Karimi, told Efe on Friday that “all Afghans, including women, will have their rights in the future government, but the level of participation of women in politics is something that will be decided and will be made clear when the new government is formed” .

The Afghan women argue that in the last 20 years they have made great advances in terms of rights and education, which is why they also deserve to work as ministers, directors or in other government posts.

They also ask the international community not to forget them and to work to defend the rights of Afghan women.

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