Sport also banned, the Taliban wipe out women – World

After the announcement of their all-male government, the Taliban swoop down the ax on women’s rights. In the new Islamic Emirate of the mullahs, Afghan women will no longer be able to practice any sport that “exposes their bodies” or shows them to the media. In an interview with the Australian broadcaster Sbs news, the deputy head of the culture commission of self-styled Koranic students, Ahmadullah Wasiq, paints a future that increasingly resembles a nightmare while the country also bans all unauthorized demonstrations.
“I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket, because women don’t need to play cricket,” said the Taliban leader, stating that in the game “they may face situations where their face or body are not covered “and that” Islam does not allow women to be seen this way “. Also, “this is the media age, and there will be photos and videos, and people will watch them.” Afghans, Wasiq added, will only be allowed to leave their homes to meet essential “needs”, such as “shopping”, and sport is not one of them. How it is not manifest. Neither for them nor for men: the Afghan Ministry of the Interior has announced the ban on any demonstration without authorization to be “requested at least 24 hours in advance”, communicating all the details. “Protests disturb normal life, harass people” and create security problems, the new mullahs’ government said.
The first effects of the fatwa on women’s sport could be seen very soon. And in Afghanistan where cricket is a national sport, there is also the expected match scheduled for November in Australia between the two men’s national teams for the International Cricket Council, which requires all 12 members to also have a women’s team. A drift already feared by the athletes of the national cycling team. At least 25 of them had managed to leave the country on time, passing through Tajikistan, and were temporarily welcomed in the Emirates, waiting to complete the documents to arrive in Canada. An escape dictated precisely by the belief that the Taliban would not change.
The declarations and the first actions of the students of the Koran appear in fact very far from the initial promises of “inclusive” choices. Moves that have immediately sparked protests in the country, where for days sit-ins and demonstrations against the new power and in defense of women’s rights have been taking place in various cities, from Kabul to Mazar-i-Sharif. After the appeal not to recognize the legitimacy of the new executive by the leader of the resistance Ahmad Massoud, who called it “a sign of hostility against the Afghan people” and returned to denounce the massacres of civilians in Panshir, dozens of women today again took to the streets of the Afghan capital and in the north-eastern province of Badakhshan to denounce their exclusion from all government roles, complete with the cancellation of the ministry in charge of dealing with women’s affairs. Several demonstrators were beaten with sticks and the march was dispersed, local media reported. Some were hit “with a whip and told us to go home and accept the Emirate. But why should we, if we are not included and we are denied our rights?”, A demonstrator told CNN. Same fate befell several journalists, beaten and detained.
The mullahs speak of unauthorized initiatives under the new strict rules imposed by the Minister of the Interior Sirajuddin Haqqani, wanted by the FBI for terrorism. “This is not the time for protests,” their spokesman Zabihullah Mujhaid warned threateningly. In short, over time, the repression becomes harder and harder. Several processions had already been dispersed with gunshots, fired in the air but not only, as demonstrated by the three victims of yesterday in Herat. And the squeeze affects reporters more and more as well. Numerous local and foreign reporters have reported that they have been detained for hours by Taliban security to prevent media coverage of the protests. Episodes that also involved some Italians. Hence the invitation from the foreign ministry in the evening which reiterated the “discouragement” of going to Afghanistan, where the already precarious security conditions have “further worsened” after the fundamentalists took power.


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