Donya Rad young Iranian woman arrested for eating lunch without

Donya Rad, young Iranian woman, arrested for eating lunch without a headscarf

Repression in Iran continues. A young woman who was eating lunch in a restaurant in Tehran without a headscarf was arrested, provoking a violent reaction on social media.

Women. Life. Freedom. This is the rallying cry of Iranian youth, who have been demonstrating every day on the streets of the country’s main cities since the death of Mahsa Amini, who died after being arrested by morality police who accused her of not wearing her hijab.

On Thursday, the face of another young woman was shared en masse on social media, that of Donya Rad, who was sitting in a restaurant in Tehran with a friend, apparently at breakfast, also without a headscarf. This photo garnered many supportive comments from the young women, sparking the ire of authorities. “Yesterday (Thursday) after this photo was published, the security authorities contacted my sister Donya Rad and asked her for an explanation,” her sister Dina wrote on Twitter.

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“Today, after going where she was told, she was arrested. After a few hours of silence, Donya gave me a quick phone call to let me know that she had been transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison,” she added, referring to a wing of Tehran’s Evin Prison believed to be run by the Ministry of Intelligence becomes . “Our family is very concerned,” she added.

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On social media, some compared Ms Rad’s actions to those of Rosa Parks, the American black civil rights activist, compiling images of Parks on a bus and Rad in a coffee shop.