Lots of of girls, many sporting full-length robes, their faces obscured by black veils, stuffed the auditorium of a college in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday holding indicators — lots of them in English — in assist of the Taliban and its strict interpretation of Islam, together with separate training for women and men.
The Taliban mentioned the demonstration at Shaheed Rabbani Training College, which adopted anti-Taliban protests final week by Afghan girls demanding equal rights, was organized by feminine college lecturers and college students.
Since america and its allies departed Kabul on Aug. 30, leaving Afghanistan below the management of the Taliban, the nation’s girls have been on the forefront of protests demanding that their rights proceed to be revered.
Taliban leaders have responded to these protests with violence, beating contributors, together with girls, and insisting that anybody taking to the streets for a public demonstration should first be granted approval from their caretaker authorities.
The Ministry of Training of the appearing Taliban authorities mentioned that the ladies at Saturday’s pro-Islamist demonstration had requested for and acquired their permission to carry the occasion.
“Not like different demonstrations in Kabul, that is the second all-women protest which was nonviolent and the journalists had been allowed to cowl the protest freely,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.
“The ladies additionally welcomed the scheme of separate courses for girls and boys in all universities and institutes and pledged that they’d be working for strengthening the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan,” the ministry mentioned.
However the presence of Taliban fighters, the effectivity with which photos of the occasion and official statements had been disseminated and its timing — on Sept. 11 — counsel that the demonstration was not simply accepted by the Taliban however probably orchestrated by it.
Standing at a podium embellished with massive white flags, a few of the girls collaborating in Saturday’s demonstration criticized the current anti-Taliban protests, insisting that girls ought to go together with the Taliban’s strict coverage that girls put on a full-body protecting.
One girl mentioned anti-Taliban protesters joined final week’s marches simply to turn into well-known within the West.