12/17/2007

Iran shuts down 24 cafes in Internet crackdown

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 4:30 am

Iranian police have closed down 24 Internet cafes and other coffee shops in as many hours, detaining 23 people, as part of a broad crackdown on immoral behavior in the Islamic state, official media said on Sunday.

The action in Tehran province was the latest move in a campaign against fashion and other practices deemed incompatible with Islamic values, including women flouting strict dress codes and barber shops offering men Western hair styles.

“Using immoral computer games, storing obscene photos … and the presence of women wearing improper hijab were among the reasons why they have been closed down,” Colonel Nader Sarkari, a provincial police commander, said.

 

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