Iran: Opposition supporters mark Int´l Women´s Day (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Dudi Cohen Published: 03.08.11, 17:35)
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At least 10 opposition supporters detained in Tehran rally; in
Ankara, some 2,000 protestors demand end to ´honor crimes,´ violence
against Turkish women; hundreds of Lebanese women call on Hezbollah
to lay down arms
VIDEO - Hundreds of opposition supporters took to the streets of
Tehran on Tuesday to mark International Women´s Day. According to one
report, Iranian security forces fired tear gas in an attempt to
disperse the crowd. At least 10 protestors have been arrested.
Eyewitness told CNN that thousands of police officers and members of
the feared Basij militia deployed throughout the Iranian capital.
Iranian opposition supporters have held a number of demonstrations
this past month. A number of them were killed during clashes with
security forces. Last week rallies were held in a number of Iranian
cities against the arrest of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi
and Mahdi Karroubi.
Women´s Day rallies were held in other Mideast countries as well. In
Ankara, Turkey, about 2,000 women protested against "honor crimes"
and violence against women in the country.
The women marched downtown chanting “Stop women killings” and “Don’t
turn our wedding dresses into shrouds,” an AFP photographer said.
´Not a political organisation´
The demonstrators demanded stronger laws against the perpetrators of
honor crimes, which are committed against women purportedly to
restore a family’s honor.
In Istanbul, hundreds of women marched at the central Taksim Square
raising similar demands. Local media said several demonstrations were
held across the country.
On Sunday, hundreds of Lebanese women defied Hezbollah and
demonstrated in downtown Beirut in support of an international
tribunal investigating the assassination of former prime minister
The women, all supporters of the liberal March 14 Movement led by
caretaker Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, son of the slain
primer, formed a human chain stretching from Hariri’s grave to the
spot where his car exploded in February 2005, killing him and 22
“The people want to drop the arms,” the women chanted, a takeoff on
the pan-Arab call “the people want to topple the regime.” The women
were referring to weapons held by Hezbollah, which has refused to
give them up claiming they were legitimately used in their fight
In Sudan, riot police arrested more than 40 women minutes after they
started a protest against rape and rights abuses on Tuesday,
witnesses said in the latest sign of a crackdown on dissent.
Sudan has regularly shut down demonstrations in the past, but the
response of its security agencies has taken on an extra urgency since
mass protests in neighbouring Libya and Egypt.
Sudanese women´s groups called the protest against discriminatory
laws on Tuesday -- marked as International Women´s Day across the
Before the rally, organisers said they were enraged by reports of the
arrest and rape of Safiya Eshaq, a supporter of anti-government
activist group Girifna, in Khartoum last month.
Up to 60 women, waving banners and shouting slogans, gathered in the
middle of one the busiest streets in Khartoum suburb Omdurman just
before 4 pm (1300 GMT), watched by more than 250 police and security
officers said a Reuters witness.
Within 10 minutes officers bundled 30 of the women into the back of a
truck. When the women continued to protest inside the vehicle,
officers entered and beat some of them with batons, said the witness.
Police later rounded up around 12 women in the streets around the
scene and drove them to a police station, said the witness.
"It is a demonstration against women´s discrimination. It is not a
political organisation," protest organiser Rasha Awad told Reuters
before the event. Reuters, other news agencies contributed to the
report (Copyright 2011 © Yedioth Internet 03/08/11)
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