Miri added, “Moral Security Patrols and our Intelligence Police along with the voluntary police patrol the city, go to shops and halls; they monitor the passengers of all cars and if they see someone who is improperly veiled, they write down the car’s license plate and enter it in the SSF data bank. Then the car owner will receive a text message saying, ‘as the car owner, you have removed your veil and you must answer for it.’ If the car owner repeats improper veiling or removing the veil, and does not report to the State Security Force, her car will be impounded and the owner will have lots of troubles.”
On the escalation of suppression by the State Security Force, Miri said, “The State Security Force has started its work and has increased its monitoring these days and in this month. Our priority today is promoting virtue and forbidding evil with regards to improper veiling, and we declare our all-out support for the work (of the vice patrols).” (The state-run Tasnim news agency – September 5, 2019)
Another 52 young women and men had been arrested in another party in Sari, on August 24. Twenty-three of them were young women and the rest were young men. Security forces arrested them under the pretext of wearing improper clothing. (The state-run Asreiran website – August 24, 2019)
Also, on August 16, ten people were arrested during a wedding ceremony in Jouybar. The hall where the ceremony had been held was also sealed. (The state-run ROKNA news agency – August 16, 2019)
On July 30, 2019, an official of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Hamadan Province announced that they had arrested 20 women while “dismantling the assembly of a women’s network aimed at promoting a Western lifestyle.” Without mentioning the details of time, place and how the group was dismantled, the official stated, “the 20 detained women were dealt with.”
Ali Akbar Karimpour, the public relations officer for Hamadan’s Ansar-al Hossein Corps, told the state-run ISNA news agency that “Virtual and actual groups have networked to recruit women and girls in Hamadan to prepare them for special and anti-cultural events.” (The state-run ISNA News Agency – July 30, 2019)
The women's committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran-NCRI says that these arrests are in line with the regime’s policy of tightening repression in society to prevent social upheavals while it is struggling to deal with the paralyzing economic crisis, international isolation and growing discontent across the country.