IRAN. MULLAHS STATION FORCES IN PARKS TO FURTHER CRACKDOWN ON WOMEN
July 7, 2008: the Head of the "Agency to Promote Virtue and Forbid Vice" of the State Security Forces of Iranian regime, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Roozbehani, announced "more security forces will be deployed in parks."
He added that 65 to 70 thousands would be used in the new plan against women. "In big public parks police force will be stationed permanently and in smaller ones security patrols will be active," Roozbehani told state-run media reporters.
On July 6, the prosecutor general of northern province of Golestan stressed on "harsh measures against improper veiled women in streets and public places" and said "a judge in the presence of disciplinary forces will file judicial cases and issue sentences against violators," semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Meanwhile, in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison ten detained women activists went on hunger strike. A 70-year-old mother and a 17 years old girl were among them. They were arrested two weeks ago in one of Tehran's parks, Mellat Park, while they were collecting signatures calling for a revision of the laws that discriminate against women. (Sources: NCRI, 08/07/2008; AKI, 09/07/2008)