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Iran arrests 29 women for not wearing hijab in protests

04 February, 2018, 02:04 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Iranian women protest their country’s hijab law by waving their headscarves in public

Tehran police says 29 women protesting against compulsory hijab have been have been arrested.

Those arrested were accused of public order offences and referred to the state prosecutor's office, the Fars, ILNA and Tasnim news agencies reported without elaborating Chief prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri had played down the escalating protests on Wednesday, saying they were "trivial" and "childish" moves possibly incited by foreigners. The women of Iran have always been ignored.

Tehran police said on Thursday that the campaign had been instigated from outside Iran through illegal satellite channels.

"Authorities know that if they don't crack down, Iranian women will continue to test the boundaries of what they can and cannot wear", he added.

In a recent series of protests, dubbed by organizers as "White Wednesdays" Iranian female protests opposed to the government's strict prohibitions against women appearing in public without veils have taken to the streets without hijabs, in open defiance of the law.

Police has apprehended 29 "deceived" young women who have "disrupted the social safety of the citizens", Iranian media quoted a Tehran police statement on Thursday.

"The Iranian police announced in 2014 that they've warned, arrested or sent to court almost 3.6 million women because of having bad hijab, so these arrests are not new, if people are protesting it's exactly because of such a crackdown", she told the Guardian.

Mohaved attracted attention during the demonstrations when a video of her protesting went viral. The bail for one of the women detained this week has been set at $100,000, a lawyer told AFP.

The Iranian regime, of course, is conspiracy theories that the anti-hijab movement is the work of foreign agitators seeking to undermine the Islamic Republic. The footage shows Mohaved waving her white hijab defiantly from the end of a pole, her black hair flowing uncovered.

Hijab has a complicated history in Iran.

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian women in public have been obliged to cover their head with a scarf in line with teachings of Islam. It's about choice and equality. "The United States remains steadfast in our support for the rights to freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and peaceful assembly", US States Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a tweet.

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