Iran headscarf protester sparks social media storm

Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran, in this December 30, 2017 file photo. (AFP)
Updated 24 February 2018
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Iran headscarf protester sparks social media storm

TEHRAN: A video showing an Iranian policeman shoving a woman protesting against mandatory headscarves off her makeshift podium in a busy Tehran street sparked criticism on social media on Friday.
The video of the solitary female demonstrator was apparently shot on Enghelab (Revolution) Street, where a woman was first detained in December after standing with her head uncovered waving a scarf on a stick.
Since then several dozen Iranian women have published photos of themselves in the street or parks, their heads uncovered, waving their scarves in an act of defiance.
The woman in the video is seen standing on a street cabinet with her arms raised in the air, her long blond hair worn in a high pony tail.
Asked by two policeman to get down, she replies calmly: “Tell me what my offense is and I’ll get down.”
“Disturbing public order,” one of them says.
A crowd then forms and starts clapping.
In the second part of the video, apparently shot on a cellphone, one of the policemen steps up to the same height as the woman and shoves her off her podium, to the indignation of onlookers.
“Where are the human rights?” a male voice asks.
Lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh wrote on Facebook that the policeman broke the law because “no man has the right to treat a woman like this.”
Twitter users also reacted with dismay.
“Breaking the law while in law enforcement uniform is our problem in Iran,” one tweeted.
“The same police force that makes the girl fall over in Enghelab Street is the one responsible for ensuring the security and viability of the elections,” said another.
Since December around 30 women have been arrested in Tehran for defying a requirement under Iran’s Islamic legal code to wear a headscarf.


Iraqi military air strikes against Daesh targets in Syria kill 45

Updated 23 June 2018
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Iraqi military air strikes against Daesh targets in Syria kill 45

  • Iraq has conducted an air strike on three houses in the Syrian town of Hajin where Daesh leaders were meeting.
  • 45 members of the militant group were killed in the strikes.

BAGHDAD: Iraq has conducted an air strike on three houses in the Syrian town of Hajin where Daesh leaders were meeting, killing 45 members of the militant group, its military said on Saturday.
"Iraqi F-16 jets carried out a successful air strike that targeted a meeting of Daesh leaders ... in the Hajin area within Syrian territory. The operation resulted in the complete destruction of the targets, and the killing of around 45 terrorists," the military's joint operations command said.
Iraqi jets hit three houses connected by a trench, the military said, adding that those killed included the group's "deputy war minister", one of its "media emirs", its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's personal courier and its chief of police.