TEHRAN, 2 Aug. (IPS) The Islamic Republic had dramatically increased the level of social repressions, mostly against women and the youngsters following the control of the Majles, according to press and eyewitnesses reports.
Attacks by the conservatives-controlled Islamic militias on women and young girls, on the pretext of fighting un-Islamic social behaviours, mainly so-called “provocative dresses” have increased in Tehran and all major cities.
Eyewitnesses reported agents from the notorious “Monkerat”, the organization responsible to enforce Islamic values, like the wearing of proper Islamic dresses and separation of men and women in public places were busy beating up and arresting women, girls and young boys in Esfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Mash-had and Tehran.
the view of beautiful women provokes men and adds to problems among married people.
In the north-eastern city of Sabzevar, situated 700 kilometers from the Capital, units from the Basij militias and Revolutionary Guards attacked a wedding party, arresting all the participants, including the musicians, who were badly beaten up in public “to set an example”.
Restaurants, coffee shops and cyber coffees across the nation have been ordered no to let in un-accompanied women, or female clients not wearing proper Islamic dresses, generally a chador or baggy, large manteaux in black, gray or brown colours covering the whole of the body, or face closure.
A great number of shops selling western women dresses have been shot and others ordered not to display in windows “provocative items”, like underwear.
Agents have been seen tearing down signs from shops displaying foreign, meaning western names and shop-owners arrested. Owners of cinemas have been urged not to put up posters with female stars as “the view of beautiful women provokes men and adds to problems among married people”, according to Tehran Muicipality now under the control of the conservatives.
In public parks, a favourite place for young boys and girls to meet, chat and flirt, municipalities have enforced sexual segregation, forbidding young girls to practice sports.
On the popular Caspian Sea cities and resorts, where millions of people flocks during summer time escaping the heat from Tehran and the social atmosphere is generally more relaxed, patrols from the “Monkerat”, Basij and Revolutionary Guards have increased in number, calling on the people to respect Islamic behaviour and to dress up properly, eyewitnesses told Iran Press Service.
Hanging and execution by firing squads of drug smugglers, thieves and criminals both in public and in prisons have increased dramatically
Hard line ayatollahs demanded recently that the Monkerat be given growing powers, similar to the one existing in Saudi Arabia.
In Bandar Anzali (formerly Pahlavi) Chaloos, Noshahr, Babolsar and Mahmoud-Abad, all popular cities situated on the Caspian, people, mostly young, un-related couples, are “systematically” arrested and questioned, often taken to Police stations where “as a current and generalized practice”, they are beaten up and deliberately insulted, they added.
The ban of satellite antennas and dishes is enforced with more intensity than ever before, with raids on houses and building displaying such equipments increased and providers and owners fined and jailed
“On the pretext of fighting traffic jams and bad driving habits, thousands of agents are roaming the streets in Tehran and most major cities, making them looking as cities in emergency situation. But instead of helping the traffic, the agents, of both sexes, are seen arresting people, mostly young girls not fully covering their hairs and bodies”, inhabitants coming from Tehran to Europe reported.
Hanging and execution by firing squads of drug smugglers, thieves and criminals both in public and in prisons have increased dramatically, with twelve case of hanging reported last week in Tehran and two other cities.
At the same time crackdown on the press, intellectuals and political dissidents has also increased.
According to Mr. Mohammad Basteh Negar, a spokesman for the banned Nationalist-Religious movement, “the massive, mass crackdown on the Iranian press is unprecedented in the nation’s history”, he said, pointing to the closure of more than 200 publications in the past three years.
Two pro-reform newspapers, “Jomhouriyyat” and “Vaqay’e Ettefaqiyyeh” were both closed two weeks ago, charged of printing misleading articles, propaganda against the regime and insulting its senior leaders, a “package” used to explain shutting down reformist and independent publications.
Hundreds of weblogs and internet sites had been closed or filtered and internet service providers put under more control.
Attacks on libraries and bookshops have also multiplied recently.
While professor Hashem Aqajari had been released three days ago with a 950 million Rials bail (one green back is worth some 8.500 Rials), a dozen of journalists, intellectuals and lawyers are in prison.
Mr. Aqajari, a disabled Iran-Iraq War veteran who urges reforms in Islam, was arrested three years ago and condemned to death for apostasy, insulting Islam and the Shi’a clergy after, during a conference, he observed that “people are not apes to follow blindly clerics”.
His comments were seen as directed against the present Iranian regime, which is ruled by ayatollahs.
“What worries the Iranians is that most of the new lawmakers, including several female deputies not only encourages these measures, but demand for more crackdowns”, one analyst pointed out. ENDS IRAN REPRESSION 2804