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For two days, Iranian citizens engaged in protests aimed at alleged corruption in the government and poor living standards.
According to CNBC, protests took place in multiple cities, and people shouted “political prisoners should be freed” and “freedom or death.”
On Friday night, President Donald Trump tweeted his support for the peaceful protesters — and cautioned Iran about how the government should handle the situation:
Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017
CNBC reported that footage from a gathering in Kermanshah, which was “the main city in a region where an earthquake killed over 600 people in November,” also showed protesters yelling “the people are begging; the clerics act like God.”
The outlet added one woman protested the dress code by taking off her hijab and waving it like a flag:
In the wake of the protests, on Saturday, Tehran police announced women would no longer be arrested for violating the dress code.
“Those who do not observe the Islamic dress code will no longer be taken to detention centers, nor will judicial cases be filed against them," the Independent and the Associated Press reported Tehran police chief General Hossein Rahimi said.
Instead of being sent to detention centers, violators will be forced to attend classes led by police. However, the Independent noted that multiple violations could result in legal action, and the new policy is only applicable to the capital city.
The strict dress code, which requires women to cover their heads, has been in place since 1979 when the country's revolution took place.
Rahimi's announcement is a sharp 180 from 2016, according to the Independent and the AP, when plans were devised to create a new plainclothes division, comprised of 7,000 officers, to monitor public morality and enforce the dress code.
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