Iranian lawmaker say 5000 arrested during January protests

Katrina Barker
February 4, 2018

The White House condemnation Iran's handling of the nation-wide protests, which began in December a year ago, has been met with skepticism in Tehran which has accused the former of interfering in its internal matters.

In a February 2 statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. is supporting Iranians who are protesting the dress code enforced following the 1979 revolution. She also noted that she has received contributions from other Muslim countries, such as Saudi Arabia, and even from women living in the West.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has not addressed the headscarf protest as of yet, but has said that the government needs to listen to the population better.

One can not force one's lifestyle on the future generations.

Some of the women in question were deliberately defying the hijab law to protest its injustice, as in the case of one detainee who reportedly waved her headscarf around on the end of a stick in a street protest.

It also states that women should cover themselves from head to toe while disavowing any figure-hugging dress. The protest has gained steam online as demonstrations continue in Iran.

In a recent series of protests, dubbed by organizers as "White Wednesdays" Iranian female protests opposed to the government's strict prohibitions against women appearing in public without veils have taken to the streets without hijabs, in open defiance of the law. "People should be free to choose the clothes they wear, and practise their faith as they desire", State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said. Iran's semi-official Tasnim News claimed the campaign "deceived" the 29 arrested women into removing their hijab, according to The Guardian.

Some of the recent demonstrations were aimed at President Hassan Rouhani, who easily won re-election past year on a promise to revitalise the economy.

The mandatory headscarf, or hijab, has been in place in Iran since 1979, after the Iranian revolution and the installation of Ayatollah Khomeini as Supreme Leader.

For his part, Mr Rouhani insisted that the demonstrators had both a right to speak out and justifications for discontent, and in a swipe at the hardliners, said, "One can not force one's lifestyle on the future generations".

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