Iran Daily: “Zero Tolerance” for Women Protesting Hijab — Tehran Police Chief

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Mana Neyestani cartoon about the hijab protests in Tehran and throughout Iran

Tehran Police Chief Hassan Rahimi has warned Iran’s women to stop their demonstrations against compulsory hijab, promising a zero-tolerance policy.

With some women still imprisoned over the demonstrations, which began in late December, Rahimi told reporters of an “anti-hooliganism project” and said, “The police will not tolerate this kind of behavior, and will deal with protesters firmly.”

Reacting to the circulation of a video in which a police officer pushed a young woman off an electrical junction box and reports that her leg was broken, Rahimi said, “We have told our officers to behave lawfully when dealing with anyone, including suspects. We hope that kind of behavior will not reoccur.”

Maryam Shariatmadari has reportedly had to undergo surgery for her injuries. The video has fueled further protests, with the family of one woman, Shaparak Shajarizadeh, saying she was beaten in custody.

The “Revolution Street” demonstration was launched on December 27 when a 32-year-old mother, Vida Movahed, stood on a junction box in Enghelab (Revolution) Street in Tehran, waving her white hijab on the end of a stick. She was seized by police, as was a second woman days later.

However, far from shutting down the protest, the arrests only fed the spread of similar displays across the country by women and some men. Scores of women were detained. Most of them were soon bailed, but others await release. Police tried to block further demonstrations by modifying junction boxes so it is not easy to climb and stand atop them.

On Saturday, Iranian police stepped up their warnings, “Although the sentence for not wearing a hijab is two months in prison, anyone encouraging others to take off their hijab will be jailed for 10 years.”

But the chairman of the Tehran City Council, Mohsen Hashemi called on the authorities to observe ethics, laws, and religious values, saying that veiling.

Hashemi cautioned that continued harsh treatment of demonstrators may spur and opposition to religious rules.

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  1. “Maryam Shariatmadari has reportedly had to undergo surgery for her injuries. The video has fueled further protests, with the family of one woman, Shaparak Shajarizadeh, saying she was beaten in custody.”

    There is absolutely zero evidence (or logic) that Maryam Shariatmadari, the woman nudged off the electrical junction box, was injured let alone hospitalised for surgery. The box is itself only 1 metre high and in the video she lands on both her feet. There was never any chance she could have been hurt. This is just propaganda from those trying to claim that those engaged in these acts of defiance are being violently treated.

    • I hear the milk and honey breakfast they served Zahra Rahnavard was maybe to cold and gave her brain freeze which lead to her bruises and death…

        • Zahra Kazemi hit her head against a wall during interrogation at Evin trying to conceal her belongings from inspection. She was not, as alleged by an asylum-seeker called Shahram Azzam claiming to be the prison doctor, brutally raped and mutiliated by having her fingernails removed.

    • One dictator praising his fellow puppet dictator. How touching. The only thing Assad “resisted” was free elections. lol. The illegitimate, minority foreign controlled regime will have its day.

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