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Tehran hijab protest: Iranian police arrest 29 women

Suzana Rahman

Spa-rking personal freedoms debate, new wave of protests spread across country. Police in the capital of Iran arrested 29 women accused of being “deceived” into joining protests against a law that makes wearing the Hijab compulsory. Women are in protest throughout the country by climbing onto telecom boxes, taking off  their headscarves and waving them aloft on sticks. Although for four decades women in Iran have been fighting against the Hijab, the new wave of protests has grabbed more attention and sparked a debate rarely seen before over personal freedoms. A recent image demonstrates a religious lady that was taken from Mashhad. She was in full chador, standing on a telecoms box holding up a headscarf, in solidarity with women who – unlike her – don’t want to wear it. Tehran police said on Thursday that the campaign had been instigated from outside Iran through illegal satellite channels. “Following calls by satellite channels under a campaign called White Wednesdays, 29 of those who had been deceived to remove their Hijab have been arrested by the police,” the semi-official Tasnim news, which is affiliated to the elite Revolutionary Guards, reported on Thursday.

Source: The Guardian 

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