As Taliban fighters attack a journalist for interviewing a woman in protest against the regime for seizing 3,000 family homes, troops are
- Radio journalist covered protests when he was beaten up by the Taliban
- He spoke to a widow today who was protesting an eviction notice in Kandahar
- 3,000 families were given three days to leave their homes in an army colony
- Protesters were seen blocking a main road and intersection in the southern Afghan city
This is when an Afghan journalist was attacked by the Taliban for interviewing a woman during a protest in Kandahar today.
Millat Zagh Radio reporter was attacked by a militant in military fatigue while filming an interview with a woman protesting in Kandahar’s Firqa district after the Taliban ordered her to leave her home.
She was one of hundreds of Afghans who furiously gathered today over a Taliban order to evict 3,000 families from housing the group’s fighters, despite the fact that many have lived there for decades.
A witness who asked to remain anonymous said the reporter was “talking to a woman outside the governor’s house when a Talib came to beat him.”
He explained that the reporter had requested permission to film an interview — a request the Taliban had accepted — but was accosted by militants as soon as he started the video.
“He grabbed his phone and started filming, but the Talibs immediately yelled for him to stop.
“He kept telling them he was a reporter and had permission to film, but they yelled at him, ‘Why are you talking to this woman?’ and hit him anyway.’
This is when an Afghan reporter was attacked by a militant in military fatigue (left) while filming an interview with a woman (right) protesting in Kandahar’s Firqa district after the Taliban ordered her to leave her home
The source explained that the woman, a military widow, told the reporter she had no money and that she and her children would have nowhere to go if they were expelled by the Taliban when he was attacked.
‘She said to him [the reporter] “I don’t have any money, I don’t have an Afghan, so I can’t get another room. This is the only room I have in all of Afghanistan.”
‘I have many children and only buy one loaf of bread a day, that’s it. What should I do if they kick me out?’
The source added that protesters had forced the governor to reconsider the evictions, which were due to take place in three days, and told families to sit until a final decision was made.
But he said the group was unlikely to be affected “because they rarely do anything that’s good for the people.” Many of the families being evicted are relatives of former army commanders, most of whom are believed to be dead.
Thousands of Afghans have protested the Taliban for evicting 3,000 families from their homes in Kandahar to accommodate their fighters
Footage posted online showed crowds of angry people blocking a main road and intersection in Kandahar today
Thousands of Afghans, including burqa-clad women, protested against the Taliban in the southern city of Kandahar today after being evicted from their homes.
Meanwhile, journalists have also complained of being kidnapped and beaten, although the Taliban insist they want a free press to operate in the country.
Last week, two journalists were left in Kabul with unsightly welts and bruises after being detained by the Taliban while covering protests.
The couple were arrested at a demonstration on Wednesday and taken to a police station in the capital, where they said they were beaten and beaten with batons, power cables and whips after being accused of organizing the protest.
Shocking images emerged of two journalists with angry welts and bruises after being held by Taliban fighters as they covered protest
Journalist Neamat Naqdi (right) received lashes on his thighs after being detained Wednesday while covering protests in Kabul. Taqi Daryabi (left) was left with unsightly welts and bruises on his lower back after spending hours in Taliban custody
On Friday, Michelle Bachelet told the UN Human Rights Council that the Taliban’s response to peaceful protests was becoming increasingly violent.
UN officials have also reported increasing attacks and threats, she added, without providing details.
The Taliban have publicly insisted that their rule over Afghanistan will be more moderate than it was in the 1990s, when the brutal interpretation of Sharia law deprived women of their rights, along with public flogging and executions.
But almost daily stories have emerged of the horrors to which the Afghan people – especially women and ethnic minorities – are subjected under their new rule.
Footage surfaced over the weekend showing Taliban fighters beheading an Afghan soldier before holding his head up as they sang.
Other footage shows militants beating and beating people in the streets as reports of targeted killings and fighters going door-to-door looking for US blue passports.