Iran detains 5 people over mixed-sex skating meeting

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Iranian state media reported on Friday that authorities had detained five people accused of organizing a skateboarding event where dozens of teenagers mingled freely and girls were not wearing headscarves.

A video of “Go Skateboarding Day” held on a boulevard in the southern city of Shiraz has gone viral on social media, sparking outrage among conservative religious authorities in a country where wearing a Muslim hijab is mandatory for all women. and teenagers.

The state TV report said the provincial judiciary was investigating the event, while state news agency IRNA reported that a demonstration to oppose Western-style teenage gatherings would be held after Friday prayers in Shiraz.

Iran is a theocracy where clerics control almost every lever of power and seek to dominate every aspect of life. They have long viewed these activities as part of a “soft war” by the West against the Islamic Republic.

Iranian law prohibits women from appearing in public without covering their hair with a hijab — a strict dress code imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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