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Police shut down Tehran expo citing women's garb

Iran Materials 28 May 2012 18:35
Tehran police shut down a food and agriculture exhibition, citing sellers’ failure to properly observe the Islamic dress code “hijab.”
Police shut down Tehran expo citing women's garb

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 28 /Trend, M.Moezzi/

Tehran police shut down a food and agriculture exhibition, citing sellers' failure to properly observe the Islamic dress code "hijab."

The 19th Agrofood Exhibition which started yesterday was shut down this morning by police, Fars news agency reports.

Kazem Akbarpour, head of Iran International Exhibitions Company, played down the closing and said it was resolved within half an hour of the police's action.

A participant with a booth in one of the exhibition halls, however, said the gallery was still closed and the reason given was failure to observe the "hijab."

Iran mandates that women cover their heads and wear loose coats to hide their figure in observance of the "hijab." Every spring and summer police forces step up their surveillance in Tehran's streets arresting women who are deemed to be violating the dress code. The crackdown this year appears to be especially harsh.

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