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Iran – Islamic Regime Detains 230 for “Mixed Gender Partying”.

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An Islamic Guidance patrol arresting young Iranians for "immoral behavior". File photo.

Iran: “Islamic Guidance” Patrol Arresting Young People for “immoral behaviour”. 

A few days ago Le Monde published a long inquiry into the fate of atheists in the Islamic world.

L’athéisme, ce tabou du monde musulman

Du Maghreb au Pakistan, en passant par l’Arabie saoudite, les athées sont de plus en plus nombreux. Enquête sur cet athéisme qui dérange et effraie le monde musulman.

From social ostracism by families in the West, to repression wherever Islamist ideas have a hold on power, to murder, atheists face perscuction.

It was heartening to see that the “Ex-Muslim” movement is campaigning back.

The French daily of record gave prominence to this event,  Largest gathering of ex-Muslims in history

The International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression, the largest gathering of ex-Muslims in history, was held during 22-24 July 2017 in London.

Comrade Maryam Namazie’s sterling work was given a special mention.

Now we hear this, scenes from the life under Sharia law in Iran.

Islamic law does not just forbid and repress atheism but having fun and drinking in mixed company.

The BBC reports,

Iran’s moral police have arrested 230 people at two winter solstice celebration parties in Tehran.

The shortest day of the year is traditionally celebrated in Iran, where it is known as Yalda.

Col Zulfikar Barfar, head of Tehran’s moral-security force, said the partygoers had been drinking and dancing at the mixed parties.

Drinking alcohol can be punishable by 80 lashes, although in recent years perpetrators are often fined instead.

Morality police are known in Persian as Ershad, meaning guidance. They also ensure women adhere to Islamic dress code.

Police said 140 of the people were arrested in a garden in the Lavasan area, while the other 90 were attending a celebration in the northern district of Fermaniyeh,

Two singers who were performing at the events were among those detained, and some alcoholic drinks and drugs were confiscated.

Col Barfar said images from the parties had been shared on Instagram.

230 detained at 2 mixed-gender parties in Tehran

Iran Human Rights Monitor

The capital’s The Moral Security Police Chief announced the arrests of 230 young men and women on December 21, 2017 in two night parties, according to the state-run Tsensim News Agency.

The State Security Force raided what have been described as a mixed-gender party in Lavasan and Farmanieh in the northern part of the capital Tehran.

The young men and women were celebrating Yalda night, one of the most celebrated traditional events in Iran which marks the longest night of the year, that is, the renewal of the sun and the victory of light over darkness.

Iranian authorities have a history of clamping down on parties. With the SSF shutting down get-togethers and arresting those in attendance.

Such restrictions have become a regular feature of Iranian life since the 1979 Islamic revolution, as members of the morality police appear on the streets, or are deployed in vans at public places, to tackle women defying the compulsory hijab, men with non-approved hairstyles, or men and women partying together.


Written by Andrew Coates

December 23, 2017 at 1:27 pm

Posted in European Left, Iran, Islam, Islamism

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  1. At this time of year, especially, we must all remember secularists and progressives persecuted by theocracies and by their own families and “communities” even in the UK.

    Jim Denham

    December 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm

  2. @Jim Denham – really? these people were detained, and then let go after they pay a fine. so what? mixed gender partying with alcohol and ‘psychotropic drugs’ might lead to pre marital sex. so its just as well the police intervened, to stop these girls turning themselves into hos and single mothers dependent on welfare benefit, in a state without one probably.

    i also think it is actually good the Iranian government regulates dress and hair styles. God, i saw someone the other day with so many piercings in his face that it was painful just to look at. that should be illegal for a start.

    this, for example, is deeply wrong. wonder what your take on it is:

    it is religious communities that are being persecuted enough already.
    there is no such thing as a ‘theocracy’. there is no state where ‘God’ actually rules, not even the Vatican.


    December 25, 2017 at 1:50 am

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