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Iran Chides Police for Using Force Against Female Veil Protester

A woman wearing a chador passes a street mural in Tehran, Iran.
A woman wearing a chador passes a street mural in Tehran, Iran.Photographer: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

Iran’s Interior Ministry chided police for using force against a woman protesting the mandatory headscarf, a rare conciliatory gesture toward women challenging a primary tenet of the Islamic Republic’s belief system.

The woman, filmed in a widely viewed video posted on Twitter, stood bareheaded on top of a tall box, brandishing her white scarf before passersby. The video then shows a man dressed in a police uniform shoving her to the ground.