A pro-Iran Reporter Caught Flipping Off Iranian Dissident
Protesters in New York.
Barbara Slavin, an Al Monitor columnist and longtime Atlantic Council member viewed as sympathetic to the Iranian regime, flipped off protesters on July 18 outside of a Council for Foreign Relations event featuring Iranian regime's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. According to video clips on the internet, as Slavin was leaving the Zarif event she came across a delegation of protesters opposed to Iranian regime. Slavin can be seen on this clip smiling while she raises two middle fingers in the protesters’ direction. She apologized after the video was circulating the social networks on July 19 on her twitter page.
The State Security Force has set up fences to control and restrict women’s presence and closed off the beach. A billboard at the beach reads, “Women’s presence in this place is forbidden.”
And it was not just me. Everyone wearing short manteaux which was above the knees or was open in the front, and everyone wearing pants just 90-cms in length, were arrested. They were arresting people en mass. Then, when the van was filled, the captain said, 'That's enough. Let's go!'
All the girls were weeping. They were so scared.
When we arrived at the police station, their treatment became really rough. They made threats to send some of us to (the infamous) Vozara (detention center). They had us fill a questionnaire and took our photos. Then they made us sign a pledge. And finally, they said (your families) should bring you clothes and covering. We can let you go only after we check and OK them.
I told the agent, "Although compulsory Hijab is wrong in the first place, what was wrong with my clothes? Is it a crime to wear a blouse and a skirt? Where is this written?"
He told me, "The color of your hair is like those who worship Satan. Your covering belongs to Israel. Then if you fall down and trip over, your skirt flies up. Then what are you going to do? You have ruined our lives!!" I started laughing so hard that all the girls who were crying started to laugh loud, too. But I couldn't resist. I had promised Tahoora (name of a person) that nothing would happen to me again. We were humiliated so much. This wasn't any feminist tweet or an argument over literature. This was the "reality" going on. The reality that showed the real society was something else. There I learned that I must get out of the cyber space and all the hot talks in it. Education and protests must be taken to the streets. When security forces tell me that it is a crime to wear a blouse and skirt, I must not fear and I must punch them in the mouth. It's time for everyone to take to the streets and demand that violence against women be stopped.
In the end, I have a question for Rouhani, Molaverdi and other officials who speak of freedoms. Is it a national security crime to wear a blouse and a skirt?
 Vozara is the name of an infamous detention center located on a Tehran street with the same name, where women are taken to for improper veiling but are transferred from there to other unknown locations to be tortured and sexually assaulted.
 Shahindokht Molaverdi is Rouhani's deputy in women and family affairs.
Ali Mohammad Adabi the General Director of the National Nursing Organization warned “Nothing has remained from the Health Ministry and the implementation of the (training) plan was a shortcut to provide for the interests of a specific group of people.”
She has inquired information from the parliamentary research center to identify the areas more affected by child marriages. Salahshouri said that poverty is the main factor compelling families into wedding their daughters at young age.”
(The state-run ILNA newsagency, July 15, 2017)
The data registered by the National Registration Organization indicate that in 2004-2014, nearly 420,000 girls under 15 years of age have got married.
According to the statistics collected by the UNICEF and published last year, 17 per cent of Iranian girls get married under 18 years of age, 3 per cent are under 15.
Based on the definition provided by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, any marriage where one or both parties are under 18 years of age is considered a child marriage, something that creates many difficulties for children and leads to their deprivation.
Saeed Golestani said, “We have identified 17 groups formed by the public. We are encouraging formation of similar groups in the mosques in different neighborhoods in the province.”
Golestani reiterated that those who facilitate or promote dropping the veil, will be dealt with according to Article 638 of the Islamic Punishment Law. As for the entertainment areas in Hamedan, Golestani said, “We would counter any local women who are improperly veiled.” He also explained about the implementation of a bill passed by the Cultural Revolutionary Council on the need to observe the veil and chastity in government offices. He said, “We have used the capacity of the province’s General Department of Intelligence Security to give warnings to government employees, especially women, who are improperly veiled at the workplace. We asked them to give warnings in the first stage to those people who are improperly veiled at work or afterwards, and eventually deal with them according to the disciplinary rules.” (The state-run Tasnim news agency – July 15, 2017)
She pointed out, “It seems that there is no will for the appointment of women to the 12th Cabinet.” (The state-run Tasnim news agency – July 15, 2017)
In response to a question on the number of women ministers in the 12th Cabinet, Shahindokht Molaverdi, deputy for family and women’s affairs in the presidential office, had earlier commented that everything depends on Rouhani’s decision. “It depends on the President’s decision… We are predicting and going for the nomination of two or three women,” said Molaverdi. (The state-run ISNA news agency – May 28, 2017) It should be noted that no women had been appointed to the 11th Cabinet during Rouhani’s first term, either.
The State Security Force identified and arrested a woman whose picture had been circulated on the internet showing her walking around in the city without wearing the veil.
The young woman was protesting the compulsory hijab in Iran. Security forces turned her in to the Moral Security Police in the port city of Bushehr, southern Iran.
The SSF Public Relations in Boushehr announced, "Following the dissemination of the photograph of an improperly veiled woman in one of the streets of Boushehr on the internet, please be informed that this lady lives in one of the city's neighborhoods and suffers from mental disorder. She was guided by agents of the 11th district Police and turned in to the Moral Security Police." (The state-run ROKNA news agency - July 14, 2017)