The internal tension is increasing in Afghanistan against the backdrop of the repressive practices adopted by the recently appointed Taliban Interior Ministry against protesters in different parts of the country, the latest of which was the internet outage in Kabul for failing to spread the sound of demonstrations that defied the movement’s protest ban.
According to the media, the Taliban threatened the protesters with serious consequences if their protests continued. The Ministry of the Interior had previously declared a ban on gatherings in any circumstances until further notice.
And “AFP” said the Taliban opened fire to disperse demonstrators in the city of Herat after hoisting the old flag of Afghanistan.
He also cited eyewitnesses that the Taliban’s popular rejection comes because of his practices they put up in doubt their intention to change, in particular that the Interior Ministry has been assigned to Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is classified on the US terrorist list due to his proximity to Al-Qaeda.
Tuesday, in a press conference, Taliban leader Zabihullah Mujahid spokesman warned people not to get off in Street.
“Until all government offices are open and the protest laws are explained, no one should demonstrate,” he said.
Two Afghan journalists told AFP about the beatings they were subjected to after being held for hours by the “Taliban” after being arrested for following a protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
According to Agence France-Presse, the two men were arrested during a demonstration Wednesday and taken in a police station in the capital, where they said they were punched, beaten with batons, electric wires and whips after being accused of organizing the protest.
Photographer Nimatullah Naqdi told the agency: “One of the Taliban put his foot on my head and crushed my face with concrete. They kicked me. in head … I thought they would kill me “, noting that” the Taliban arrested everyone who was filming and seized their phones. “
Protests against the Taliban government have intensified since its announcement of its government on Tuesday, days after the movement took power. in a lightning-fast attack that overthrew President Ashraf Ghani.
The Taliban, who previously ruled unchallenged, now have been facing a new challenge for days. Demonstrating that Afghan society has been liberated over the course of 20 years, several demonstrations against the new regime have taken place in large cities.
For the first time on Tuesday, the protests took a bloody turn in Herat (west), where two people were killed and eight injured during an anti-Taliban demonstration, according to a local doctor.
The situation remained fairly calm on Wednesday. An AFP reporter noted that the Taliban quickly dispersed a small rally in Kabul. THE media locals reported that the same thing happened in Faizabad (north-east of the country).
Zabihullah Mujahid said: “These demonstrations are illegal until government offices have been opened and the laws have not yet been announced,” inviting media to “not cover them”.
Also, shots were fired in air on Tuesday in Kabul to disperse the protests, in in particular, the violent repression of the Taliban in the Panjshir district, where a resistance movement was formed against it, and the alleged Pakistani interference in Afghan affairs.
According to the Association of Independent Afghan Journalists based in Kabul, 14 journalists, both Afghan and foreign, were briefly detained during the protests before being released.
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