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Afghanistan: Women protest Taliban ban on beauty salons

Update : 20 Jul 2023, 02:51

Gun shots were fired in the air during a rare public demonstration in Kabul against an order to ban beauty parlors. Protesters said the Taliban guards also sprayed water on them to break up the demonstrations.

Dozens of Afghan women took to the streets in downtown Kabul on Wednesday to protest the Taliban's ban on beauty salons. Security forces used fire hoses, tasers and shot guns into the air to break up the protest, according to reports.

At least 60 women took part in the demonstrations, which grabbed the attention of security personnel as public protests are a rare event in Afghanistan.

In late June, Taliban authorities ordered thousands of beauty parlors nationwide run by women to be closed within one month's time, claiming the services offered are forbidden by Islam.

'The Taliban took a few women away'

Videos and photos shared by the protesters showed many women carrying placards reading "food," "justice," and "work".

One of the protesters on Butcher Street, a popular locality for beauty salons, carried a sign saying "don't take my bread and water," AFP news agency reported.

In one video, a woman is confronting a Taliban security guard and the guard sprayed water cannon to disperse the protesters. Gunfire can also be heard in the background.

"We wanted our right to work and the cancellation of the order. But the Taliban responded with water cannons and aerial firing and took away a few girls," a beauty artist told dpa.

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