The Iranian women’s rights group My Stealthy Freedom has called on the Italian government to speak out against conservative Islamic strictures on women — not acquiesce to them, as they have done in covering up naked statues for President Hassan Rouhani’s visit.
As the president arrived in Rome to meet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Pope, plain white boards were seen obscuring sculptures in the Capitoline Museum.
“So Italy! You respect Islamic values but the Islamic Republic of Iran does not respect our values [or] our freedom of choice,” a statement on the My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page read. “They force any non-Muslim women to cover ourselves in Iran. If you are just visiting Iran uncovered you will be deported from the airport or if you are an Iranian woman then you won’t have any education.”
It is not the first time that statues in Italy have been covered up for fear of causing offense to visiting Muslim diplomats. In October 2015, “Gazing Ball,” a statue by Jeff Koons in Florence, was obscured when the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, visited Renzi.
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