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Police close down more than two dozen Tehran cafes

Source: Radio Zamaneh

At least 26 cafes in Tehran have been shut down by police citing violations such as "the inappropriate hijab" of customers. The Shahrvand daily wrote on Saturday November 22 that this is an unprecedented wave of police action against Tehran cafes.

Cafe Tehran website

Mohammad, a cafe owner on Karim Khan Street, says last Saturday police arrived at his establishment and closed it down, citing "non-compliance of certain regulations."

The report on Shahrvand adds that "inappropriate hijab of customers, smoking, and absence of adequate visibility for security checks" have been cited as some of the reasons for closing down cafes.

Cafe, a song by Mohammad Chenari

Shahrvand goes on to add that this is not the first time that police raids on Tehran cafes have made headlines; however, this time the targets are among the city's "most famous and most frequented" cafes, such as Gandom, Moon, Lorca and Kiosk.

Last July, the police shut down some cafes for showing customers the game between Iran and Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup.

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