Since I covered the Tea Parties today, I figured I should also cover a protest that’s much more in the spirit of what the Boston Tea Party stood for.
KABUL, Afghanistan â€” The young women stepped off the bus and moved toward the protest march just beginning on the other side of the street when they were spotted by a mob of men.
â€œGet out of here, you whores!â€ the men shouted. â€œGet out!â€
The women scattered as the men moved in.
â€œWe want our rights!â€ one of the women shouted, turning to face them. â€œWe want equality!â€
The women ran to the bus and dove inside as it rumbled away, with the men smashing the taillights and banging on the sides.
But the march continued anyway. About 300 Afghan women, facing an angry throng three times larger than their own, walked the streets of the capital on Wednesday to demand that Parliament repeal a new law that introduces a range of Taliban-like restrictions on women, and permits, among other things, marital rape.
Folks, there’s true bravery for you. And that’s when compared with any protests that happened in this country in recent memory, not just today’s events.
Also, I think this type of behavior by the Afghan government is atrocious and I hope Obama leans on Karzai enough to help get things changed, especially since we’re doubling down on our bet to win this country’s freedom.
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