Defiance

Video shows distressed woman resisting arrest by Iran’s morality police

REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

A video being circulated on social media depicts Iran’s morality police subduing and arresting a woman on the streets, as she screams in protest.

The grainy footage shows the woman running down the street and shrieking as officers close in on her. Before the footage cuts out, she appears to push back against a group of women who try to grab her.

The video was shared by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian expat who runs the popular Facebook page My Stealthy Freedom, a movement that celebrates Iranian women who defy the country’s strict dress codes. Though the woman in the video seems to be wearing a niqab, she was reportedly apprehended for violating rules about women’s dress.

“This heartbreaking video shows an Iranian girl resisting arrest by morality police,” the post read. “This is [the] 21st century and the government of Islamic Republic still dictates women’s dress because it thinks that women are incapable of choosing what they can wear.” Watch the video below.

Alinejad has appeared onstage at Women in the World events multiple times. Her most recent appearance was at the San Antonio Salon last month, where she talked about why she was inspired her to start the Facebook page, which now boasts more than one million followers. Earlier this year, Alinejad also appeared at the Women in the World New York Summit. During the event, she said that  “women in Iran are breaking the law every day just to be ourselves,” — a phenomenon that appears to be on full display in the video above. Below, watch Alinejad’s full appearance at the San Antonio Salon in a one-on-one conversation with Bianna Golodryga.

Read the full story at HeatStreet.

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