Monday, June 12, 2006

Women's rights activists beaten in Tehran


Photos from www.kosoof.com

AP- Iranian police with batons and shields beat women's rights demonstrators in a downtown Tehran square Monday, injuring one protester and detaining 20. The injured woman was taken to a hospital with wounds to her face and head. Her identity and further details were not immediately available.

The protest by about 200 women was organized by a previously unknown group calling itself the Labor and Communist Party. An invitation delivered to The Associated Press on Sunday demanded equal rights for women and the nullification of a law allowing Iranian men to have four wives. "We are women, we are human, but we don't have any rights!" protesters chanted.


Some 100 police, including female officers, attacked the demonstrators and dispersed them about an hour after the protest began. Throughout most of the confrontation, female officers beat female protesters and male police beat male protesters there to support the women. Male police generally are not permitted to touch female suspects.

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