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Iranian Authorities Announce 29 Arrests in Hijab Protests

Iranian Authorities Announce 29 Arrests in Hijab Protests

The protest movement, started by Masih Alinejad, a New York-based Iranian women's activist, initially called for women to share photos of themselves wearing white headscarves on Wednesdays in protest at Iran's dress restrictions.

Another woman, Narges Hosseini, later appeared performing a similar act in the heart of Tehran.

Iranian police said that they had arrested a further 29 women for staging "white Wednesday protests", Buzzfeed reported, quoting Iranian agency Tasnim news.

Iranian police say they have detained 29 women they described as "deceived" who removed their obligatory Islamic veils in protest. The bail for one of the women detained this week has been set at $100,000, a lawyer told AFP. It has nothing to do with forces outside of Iran", Alinejad said."This is a campaign that's been going on for years and years.

Iranian Islamic law, implemented after the 1979 revolution, requires women to cover their hair with a scarf and wear long, loose-fitting clothing. Such discussions have rarely reached national newspapers, which operate under heavy censorship, but comments by judicial officials allowed Shargh to write about the matter.

"Women feel they have no control over their bodies".

Chief prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri had played down the escalating protests on Wednesday, saying they were "trivial" and "childish" moves possibly incited by foreigners. Known by the nickname of the Girl of Revolution Street, she has been praised as a courageous defender of women's rights. The 29 protesters been transferred to judicial authorities, the report said.Masih Alinejad, the Iranian activist behind the "White Wednesday" social media campaign against mandatory hijabs, who is now based in the United States, told CNN that the movement has not been influenced from overseas.

People have been sharing images of women standing on top of utility boxes waving their hijabs on sticks with the hashtag #GirlsOfRevolutionSt, as a tribute to 31-year-old Vida Mohaved, the woman who initiated the protest in Tehran's Enghelab Street and was arrested for it in December 2017.

Alinejad rejected government claims that the protests emanated from outside of the country.

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