IRAN: Women's demonstration attacked


On June 12, a demonstration in Tehran demanding equal rights for women was brutally repressed by police as protesters began gathering for the action. More than 70 people were arrested when police used tear gas and beat protesters. Red paint was sprayed on protesters so police could later track them down. The demands of the protest included equal divorce and child custody rights, equal rights in marriage (such as the right of women to chose their own employment without their husband's permission), the banning of polygamy, and the raising of the age at which women can be tried as adults in court to 18 years (currently it is nine years).

From Green Left Weekly, June 21 2006.
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