جمعه ۳ آذر ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۰۰:۴۶
UPRISING ANNIVERSARY: Special Police Units Begin Guarding Streets
Special units of the Islamic Republic law enforcement forces have been deployed in Tehran in advance of the fifth anniversary of student uprising, police chief Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf said. Nearly 10 days ahead of the anniversary of the July 9, 1998 student uprising, which followed a fatal police attack on university dorms, special units of the Islamic Republic law enforcement forces have been deployed in Tehran, police chief Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf said.
Among other things, the special police will enforce the Islamic dress code on women whose lack of proper attire has become disturbing, he said, adding that, otherwise, women’s attire will not be a priority for the police. The units deployed to streets are not the same as anti-riot commandos, he said.
The government has banned any mention of the uprising’s anniversary in the press. Last year, widespread pro-democracy demonstrations spelled out from university grounds into the city nearly a month prior to the anniversary, as thousands of families in their cars blocked traffic for hours every night for 14 nights in the neighborhoods surrounding Tehran university and the highways leading to them. Similar demonstratons in other cities led to clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and the plainclothes security forces.
Last year’s demonstrations, after which police arrested thousands, began as a protest against government’s ban on a student march on July 9. Plainclothes security forces once again ransacked several student dorms in Tehran and assaulted students, in what appeared to be a replay of the 1998 clashes.