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6/13/05

Iranian women hold protest gathering in Tehran

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

 

On Sunday June 12, a coalition of Iranian groups and individuals held a gathering in Tehran to protest the violation of women rights as guaranteed by the constitution. The gathering was held in the capital city in front of Tehran University.

 

 

The last time the Iranian women got together to object to injustices that prevails in the society was on March 8, 1980.  On that day, the women held a demo against compulsory Hejab in Tehran.  We gathered at Tehran University and marched to the Azadi square.  The main slogan being chanted then was “in the spring of freedom, women’s rights are missing” [dar bahar azadi, jayeh hagh zann khailist].

 

Some Notes:

1. Many came but were stoppe by the heavy presence of police and were held up on the other side of the street.

2. Many men wanted to joing but they were stopped by the police.

3. Generally speaking, the police were spolite and tolerant.

4. The demo started just before 5pm and ended at 6pm.

5. My guess is that about 800 women were there and that if all had been allowed to join, the number would be 2000 max. still this is good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Articles:

 

 

Report by Iranian Feminists Tribune (Persian)

http://iftribune.com/news.asp?id=19&pass=42

 

Mehrangiz Kar’s piece (Persian)

http://www.iftribune.com/news.asp?id=12&pass=75

Today, June 12, 2005 we are raising our voice and hope all good people, men and women, will join us to inspire the unequal and unjust section of the laws of the land which has treated women so unfairly.

 

Report by Iranian Students News Agency (Persian)

http://www.isna.ir/Main/NewsView.aspx?ID=News-540232

 

 

 

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