Iran Arrests 29 Women For Headscarf Protest

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Iranian police have arrested 29 women in the capital, Tehran, after they protested against a law that makes wearing the hijab compulsory.

The women have been accused of public order offences and referred to the state persecutor's office. She also runs the website My Stealthy Freedom where women in Iran post photos of themselves in public without hijab.

Women across the country have been protesting by climbing onto telecom boxes, taking off their headscarves and waving them aloft on sticks. Tasnim, an Iranian news agency close to the government, said that the detainees were part of the anti-headscarf campaign known as White Wednesdays. Masih Alinejad, a USA -based journalist and anti-hijab activist, said they started inside Iran and were not influenced from overseas.

"The Iranian police announced in 2014 that they have warned, arrested or sent to court almost 3.6 million women because of having bad hijab", Masih Alinejad, a US-based journalist and activist, told The Guardian.

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.

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Chief Prosecutor of Iran Mohammad Jafar Montazeri called the protests by 29 women in Tehran against public morality norms "childish" and "emotionally charged" and underscored that the protesting women were most likely incited by foreigners. She is said to have been released after the social media campaign '#Where_is_She?' heaped pressure on authorities.

Mohaved attracted attention during the demonstrations when a video of her protesting went viral.

According to the Guardian, Soheila Jolodarzadeh, a female member of the Iranian parliament said, "We imposed restrictions on women and put them under unnecessary restrains".

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.

Omid Memarian, a US-based Iranian journalist who was once imprisoned in Iran, wrote on social media that the fight against forced hijab "is not about whether the hijab is good or bad".