Iran protesters demand enforcement of hijab rules

Supporters of Iranian religious hardliners take part in a demonstration after the weekly Friday prayer in Tehran on May 16, 2014 against an ongoing online campaign by Iranian women for greater social freedoms. AFP Photo

Around 1,000 Iranians staged a rally on Friday to demand that the government fully enforce obligatory rules that women be veiled in public.

The demonstrators, both men and women, protested in central Tehran, carrying placards and chanting that the authorities “must stop the spread of vice” and enforce the hijab.

A defining feature of Iran’s interpretation of Islamic law since the 1979 revolution, hijab obliges women to cover their hair and much of their body in loose clothing when outside, regardless of their religion.

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Check out the shoes on the poster.  They look like something from Victorian England.