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Iranian women without veils run, sports manager resigns

The repression does not stop for women who refuse to wear the veil in Iran. On Sunday, a sports manager had to resign after women not wearing compulsory veils took part in an endurance running competition on Friday. This is the president of the Iranian Athletics Federation.

“Hashem Siami resigned from his post due to the controversies linked to an endurance race competition held in Shiraz”, a major city in southern Iran, the Irna agency reported.

More and more women without a veil

This incident comes after the entry into force in mid-April of a new police plan to toughen the control of the wearing of the veil by women, compulsory since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The prosecutor of the province of Fars, where Shiraz is located, announced on Sunday that he would summon the organizers of the event to have “explanations”. Hashem Siami told Irna that his federation was not the organizer of the competition and women not wearing the veil were not among the federation’s athletes.

In recent months, more and more women have appeared without veils in public places, especially after the beginning of the protest movement sparked by the death in custody in September of Mahsa Amini, arrested for breaching the strict dress code.

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