Iran arrests 29 women as headscarf protests intensify

An Iranian woman waving a white scarf — an apparent reference to so-called ‚White Wednesday‘ protests against mandatory clothing rules for women, December 27, 2017, in Tehran, Iran. (Screencapture: YouTube)
Prosecutor calls demonstrations ‚trivial‘ and ‚childish‘ moves possibly incited by foreigners

By AFP | The Times of Israel

Tehran police have arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify, Iranian media reported Friday.

Those arrested were accused of public order offenses 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.

He had been asked about a woman detained earlier this week for standing on a pillar box in a busy street without the mandatory headscarf.

Unprecedented images of at least 11 women protesting the same way had been widely shared on social media.

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