Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 28, 2016

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Iranian women arrested for cycling in public

by CyclingTips

A group of female cyclists have been arrested in Iran for the crime of riding a bike in a public place and made to sign a pledge promising they will not cycle in public again.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), eye witnesses reported that several of the women in the group were arrested and taken into custody after objecting to the rules, while others were asked to sign documents promising they would not repeat the cycling violation.

The women were planning on cycling in an event in the north-western city of Marivan. Security forces told the women they were in breach of a new directive that bans women from cycling in public places.

“Suppression of women has been a tenet of the mullahs’ regime from its outset,” human rights activist Farideh Karimi, a member of the NCRI, said.

“This latest restrictive measure shows that misogyny is being stepped up under Hassan Rouhani’s administration.

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