Over the last two days, a video has gone viral; as it featured a young Iranian woman riding a bike through the street, while not wearing the headcover imposed on all women in the country by law. According to several media resources, the young woman was soon after arrested in Najafabad.
Yesterday she enjoyed the wind in her hair on her bicycle and today she got arrested by the authorities in Iran.— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) October 20, 2020
Why? Because she is a woman and in my beautiful country Iran riding a bicycle or being unveiled make us criminals in the eyes of “Ayatollahs”.
ISIS is still in power😞 pic.twitter.com/ccp95oAzTO
In the video, the young woman whose name has not been identified can be seen riding her bike in one the Najafabad's main squares and raising her right hand in the air every now and then, in a sign that she was enjoying her time.
However, the governor of the city Mojataba Raei had justified the woman's arrest saying that "the public was provoked by her act as she didn't wear the headscarf and passed by a mosque," the Guardian reported.
She dared to challenge the Khamenei regime & has been arrested for it. Countless #Iranians like her fight the regime bravely every day knowing the terrible consequences. Yet the regime & its US lobby want you to remain silent and not defend them. pic.twitter.com/8Zoi4MSKCa— Alireza Nader علیرضا نادر (@AlirezaNader) October 20, 2020
The world must stand and support this courageous and hilarious Iranian lady who defies the #FascistRegimeOfIran and demands her most primitive rights to live freely!#SupportIranianWoman https://t.co/P2EDBHK8ac— Siirus Sasani (@SasaniSiirus) October 20, 2020
As soon as news of the woman's arrest made headlines, social media exploded in anger over the Iranian government's decades-long approach to women's rights, as Iranian women continue to be surveilled and limited by laws imposed on them since the Iranian Islamic Revolution in 1979 when the hijab was first imposed by law.
I pray some day the women of Iran will be free to live their life to the fullest. https://t.co/Cwn1ZeDwMs— 𝓛𝓸𝓛𝓸 (@loyalty_pays) October 21, 2020
Some social media commentators also saluted the young woman describing her as "brave" and noting that Iranian women are still persecuted for the very same actions taken for granted in other parts of the world, as simple as riding a bike in public or choosing to not cover their hair.
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