A series of raids on mixed-gender parties, which are illegal in Iran, has led to the arrest of more than 80 young people this week.
In Shiraz, a city in southern Iran, 63 young men and women were arrested in two separate raids on parties that were deemed “unlawful” by the Iranian state.
“After receiving reports about two parties held in the middle of the night in north-east Shiraz, a joint operation was carried out by the police and another security agency and 63 half-naked boys and girls were arrested,” Colonel Yousef Malek-Zadeh, commander of Iran’s State Security Forces in Shiraz said on Friday, August 19. Hist statement was reprinted on Friday by the Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.
“In these two mixed-gender parties that took place last night, boys and girls had gathered together under the guise of a birthday celebration,” Zadeh added.
“With the arrival of the police, all of them were arrested and sent before the judiciary.”
“Given the attraction of the gardens in the vicinity of Shiraz, the police have tried to fully monitor all the venues and gardens in this region. Police deputies and commanders stringently monitor these venues through snap inspections,” he said. “With the arrival of summer, police monitoring of these venues has been stepped up.”
Elsewhere, the prosecutor-general of Amol, northern Iran, announced on Friday that 20 university students were arrested for attending a mixed-gender party.
“These individuals were arrested at 11pm last night in a residential property in Hezar Street,” he said.
“Following their arrest these individuals were handed over to the local judiciary for prosecution. We will deal with anyone in this city who disturbs public order,” he added.
Regarding the recent arrests, Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said:
“The clerical regime has never been so isolated at home and loathed by the Iranian people, in particular by the youth and women. As such, it is resorting to more and more repressive measures to confront this growing trend. This once again proves that the notion of moderation under Hassan Rouhani is a total myth. But it also indicates the vulnerable and shaky state of a regime that cannot even tolerate private festivities of the people, particularly the youth. It is becoming more evident that the mullahs are totally paranoid of any social gathering in fear of a popular uprising.”