Iranian lawmaker say 5000 arrested during January protests

Iranian lawmaker say 5000 arrested during January protests

Iranian lawmaker say 5000 arrested during January protests

Since then, several people have shared pictures on social media of women standing on top of utility boxes in Iran and waving their hijabs on sticks.

When asked about a woman detained earlier this week due to the law, Chief Prosecutor Mohammed Jafar Montazeri played down the escalating protests on Wednesday, describing them as "trivial" and "childish" moves incited by foreigners. Mowahed was shortly arrested after her protest, but was reportedly released following an outcry from human rights activists.

"We are fighting against the most visible symbol of oppression", said Alinejad, who also hosts the website My Stealthy Freedom.

Amnesty International called on Iranian authorities to "end the persecution of women who speak out against compulsory veiling, and abolish this discriminatory and humiliating practice".

Women have been required to wear the hijab since he Islamic Revolution in 1979.

"This is a campaign that's been going on for years and years". Social media has been flooded with the images and videos of the demonstration. "We imposed restrictions on women and put them under unnecessary restrains".

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Another viral video shows an elderly lady who - in solidarity with the protestors - climbs a fountain base, takes off her white headscarf and waves it with her walking stick.

The UK Daily Mail that despite claims by "moderate" President Hassan Rouhani that the police have better things to do than enforcing the hijab law, thousands of undercover "morality police" remain active, filing tens of thousands of "bad hijab" reports. The law was enforced with brute force on the streets until all women felt no other alternative but to follow the dress code.

"Women feel they have no control over their bodies".

Iranian police said on Thursday that 29 women had been arrested for protesting the country's compulsory hijab rules, the private Tasnim news agency reported.

However, Soheila Jelodarzadeh, a member of the Iranian parliament has expressed empathy with the protesters and has said that it was the result of pressure on women and "erroneous behavior" of the regime toward them. "This is why. girls of Enghelab Street are putting their headscarves on a stick", Jolodarzadeh said.

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