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70 Female Cyclists Arrested in Iran

I include the following article for two reasons.  

First, it is very informative about the culture inside Iran.  It does an excellent job showing how the hardliner regime is effectively suppressing the women of Iran.  It is not about the Quran, Hadiths, or Sunna, it is about an oppressive culture misinterpreted by Imams through fatwas and enforced by weak leaders. Why?  Self preservation and the lack of moral fiber.  

Second, this article is written by Iranian resistance, the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The article is propaganda, but it is all factually correct.  Nowhere is it more apparent than in the final paragraph. 

But why, when so many problems are plaguing Iran, are the mullahs focusing on women’s dress? Because their rule is reliant on the suppression of women and the Regime know[s] that women are leading the charge against them. They hope to scare these women, but it won’t work.

The final paragraph is pure opinion. It is an interpretation of 90% of the article, which is almost pure facts. While I don’t disagree with the article, as a matter of fact I agree with everything in the article, I don’t see it as balanced. There seems to be no attempt to get the opinion of anyone associated with the Iranian government.  Therein lies the rub.  This is published on the website of the Iranian “resistance”.   

This article is well worth reading, if only for the sake of better understanding what is going on in Iran to 50% of the population. Notice the punishments meted out for such minor infractions.  I am so glad I don’t live there.

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Seventy female cyclists were arrested in Tehran’s Vali-Asr Square for breaking the Regime’s mandatory hijab laws, according to Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Ismaeli on Tuesday.

He didn’t say anything about the timing of the arrests, only saying that the women had broken the rules of “chastity and hijab”.

Previously, Massoumeh Ebtekar, a deputy in family and women’s affairs ministry, had earlier said that there were “no rules in Iran which could prevent women from riding bicycles”. Presumably, she meant that women would have to wear the mandatory dress code – a head-to-toe black veil called “chador” –while riding, which would be impossible.

It should be noted that 70% of Iranian women do not believe in the forced veil, which is according to research done last July by the Office of Cultural Studies of the Research Center in the mullahs’ parliament. Given the repressive nature of the regime, it is likely that this figure is less than the real percentage.

Iran’s regime has recently increased its pressure on women in many ways under the pretext of improper veiling. Here are just some examples:

• The Public Places Police have told female clerks in Tehran shopping centres to wear the Maghna’eh instead of a shawl or face the closure of their shops.

• Abol-ghassem Shirazi, head of Tehran’s Union of Clothing Manufacturers and Wholesalers, announced a plan to prevent production and sale of see-through or open-front women’s manteaux.

• The Tehran subway operator has promised stricter hijab control on its trains.

• Mohammad Reza Is’haghi, commander of the State Security Force in Gilan Province, said they’d sent 66,000 text messages to drivers about carrying female passengers who broke the hijab rules inside the car.

• Tehran Police Chief Hossein Ashtari said that he’d sent 300,000 text messages to women on this matter and that for many weeks, cars were being detained.

• The Airport Police commander said his forces would deal with passengers who adopted a Western style of dress or removed their veils, perhaps even preventing them from boarding their flight.

Those arrested may have to pay a fine, serve jail time, or even be flogged. The regime has even encouraged Iranian citizens to report women for bad hijab through a text service or social media site.

But why, when so many problems are plaguing Iran, are the mullahs focusing on women’s dress? Because their rule is reliant on the suppression of women and the Regime know that women are leading the charge against them. They hope to scare these women, but it won’t work.


7 thoughts on “70 Female Cyclists Arrested in Iran

  1. I stand with you Mohammad Sadat! I have had the privalige to know several Iranians. Iran is not an Arabic country. There are huge difference in cultural attitudes. If your side lose against the regime we will probably see a war between the US/Saudis and Iran almost immediately. Let us hope that there will not be a war and that the regime will be done away with. Iran is the only muslim country where unnecessary religious or political practice is unwanted by the majority of the people. The Iranian people does not want to pick a fight with the US, I am sure of. It’s the regime that needs to walk.

    1. Having lived and worked in numerous Islamic countries, it is all about culture. I’ve read and studied the Quran, Hadiths, and Sunna, and very little of how countries like Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan is in those volumes.

      The fight is never with the people of those countries, it is always with their corrupt leaders who use culture as a weapon against their own people under the guise of religion.

      1. I agree with you, it is all about culture. Unfortunately women oppression is the number one cultural aspect in the Arabic countries. Thats why their societies doesn’t work properly. Think about it, if you always have to control your womens movements, where they’re at and what they do and even what they think (yes it is true, they are a thought police) then all your energy and all your effort goes into suppressing your women and not building a nation. That is why they are not successful nations. In their mind they are not successful nations because the West are suppressing them. But look at India, look at Japan, look at Germany that built a very successful country out of rubbel. India was under British rule for many years. I don’t like women oppression and I don’t like women oppressors! If you tell me that they’re good people I’ll tell you that you are a liar! Their women might be.

  2. If you oppress your own women, then you do not deserve a citizenship in my country and you yourself deserves to be oppressed! If that makes my country a slave nation then so be it. That’s how it was in Rome and in Viking era Scandinavia. I’m not calling you a women oppressor Joel,

    Being a gentleman is something that not most people from most countries can be. The male Arab teens and youths spend a lot of effort trying to escape their fathers’ terror. Me and probably you Joel were brought up admiring our fathers and we were kept under their protecting wings. We follow in our fathers’ footsteps of our free will. The Arab young man grows up to become a family terrorist like his father. That is why gentlemanship is practicly non-existing among the arabs. My sister was brought up by my parents to be an equal with me and my brother! If she, as she did, decided to live responsibly she did it because she was given a choice.

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