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Rahnavard says Iran establishment is threatened by women

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Zahra Rahnavard, wife of opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi said in a meeting with Karaj political activists that a faction of the Iranian establishment considers women as a "new threat."

Zahra Rahnavard (file photo)

Kaleme website reports that Rahnavard claimed Iranian women were harassed "on the streets, in prisons and the media."

In the course of the controversial presidential election of 2009, the video clip of the Iranian woman, Neda Agha Soltan shot to death during the Tehran street protests was posted on You Tube arousing international outrage.

Women's presence in the election protests was highly pronounced and many of them were arrested and killed in the government crackdown on the protests.

Photos: War In Tehran Streets on Ashura Day - December 27, 2009 (photo
Women fought back when the security forces attacked them during protests in Tehran.

The Islamic Republic has many discriminatory laws against women which the women's movement claims has impeded women from attaining growth and social success.

Rahnavard went on to say that "oppression, torture and character assassination" of women has laid unprecedented pressure on women and added that "the Green Movement is fully aware that without the presence of women and close attention to their demands the goals of the Movement will remain out of reach."

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