Skip to comments.IRAN: STUDENT OCCUPATION OF UNIVERSITY ENDS
Posted on 04/25/2007 8:06:05 AM PDT by Valin
Tehran, 25 April (AKI) - Students who have been occupying the University of Shiraz in southern Iran for three days have ended their protest. More than 8,000 students had been occupying the campus to protest against the new rules laid down by the rector on womens' garments, the hours of access to the dormitories and political activity within the university. The rector, Mohammed Hadi Sadeghi, was forced to back down, apologising to the students and accepting all 11 of their demands. They had given a three week deadline for the rector to make good on the promises.
Headscarves? Political statement or religious observance?
Know anything more about this?
The rector, Mohammed Hadi Sadeghi is pita toast.
Iran: Police Demonstrates its Power by Attacking Women [Pictures]
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Posted on 04/24/2007 5:06:32 PM CDT by freedom44
Two days after the harsh words of general Ahmadi Moghadam, the commander of the law enforcement forces about combating women who are not fully observing the Islamic hijab, which was followed by organizing Friday congregational prayers in Tehran and a few other large cities, and news reports in Keyhan and Jomhurie Eslami newspapers, the police launched a campaign to confront young women in Tehrans 23rd district. These attacks on women come after the law enforcement forces have demonstrated repeated failures in bringing security in Western towns of the country, controlling contraband, and the import and export of illegal goods.
Ayatollah Makarem and a few other clerics spoke favorably and in support of Moghadams new round of assaults. The same message was sent by Keyhan and Jomhurie Eslami editorials. Makarem said that the law enforcement forces had undertaken some measures, while some individuals were turning it into a scandal and questioning the actions. Hijab is a required element of Islam, he said, adding that not fully observing it led to the destruction of the family, and rise in divorce and crime rates.
Hossein Shariatmadari, the appointed editor of Keyhan supported the commanders actions and wrote that General Ahmadi Moghadam had the right to protest the lenient judgments of the judiciary and be angry. He made it clear that the police chiefs anger was because of the judgments issued by lenient courts, thus freeing some of the women violators who had arrested with much pain and dedication. He wrote that if some of the MPs supported leniency, they were wrong to listen to the voices of their constituents, which is not their divine duty.
How much they seem to forget the part about the hijab being a woman’s choice, and that she cannot be forced to wear it. There’s also the problem of what manner of covering fulfills the requirements, and there are a lot of different interpretations of this. Then add in that the requirement to cover, and the extent of covering, is supposed to be according to the situation, and you see Iran simply has a male-dominated, woman-oppressing society.
Thanks for posting. Interesting.
Oh, boy! Someone is not going to be happy about this!
“The protests were triggered by a new code of conduct banning the students from wearing shorts and sleeveless vests outside rooms in their strictly segregated dormitories and an extended curfew of 11:00 pm to 5:00 am
The students are also no longer allowed to have visitors in the dorms, and the wardens can carry out random checks in the rooms, the reports said.”
“The daily said protests have intensified after the recent detention of students from Mazandaran University in north Iran.
Iranian news agencies reported on April 15 and 16 that 15 students from Mazandaran University had been detained in connection with suspensions, a protest and a previous arrest.”
“Hauling women and young people to the police station will have no use except to cause damage to society,” the reformist Etemad Melli newspaper quoted Shahroudi as telling a meeting of local governors.
“Tough measures on social problems will backfire and have counterproductive effects, he warned.”
The problem is if they don’t keep up the pressure the students will just keep pushing.
Not that, that’s a bad thing.