Women’s Rights Under Sharia Alert from the Islamic Republic of Iran: “Iran police prevent women from watching football match,” from Iran Focus, with thanks to Mackie:
Tehran, Iran, Mar. 02 — Iran’s State Security Forces attacked female football fans in Tehran on Wednesday after they held a defiant protest against the government decision to ban women from football stadiums.
Dozens of young women, who had bought tickets and hoped to cheer on their national team, were all banned from entering Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. The ban has been in force for years, but a few dozen women have challenged it in recent months. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hard-line government recently decided to enforce the ban more strongly.
After being refused entry into the stands, the women organised a demonstration outside the stadium and quickly brought to the scene banners which read, “Azadi Stadium: 100,000 men-only arena” and “We also want to cheer on our national team”
They were immediately threatened with arrest by police who had been placed on standby.
Within minutes, the security forces started to attack the teenage girls and young women. They were all forced into a bus and driven away.