Pictures of Iranians partying infuriate Tehran

The issue of mixed-gender parties is quickly becoming a symbol of the growing difference between the Islamic revolutionary regime and the urban, secular youth. Mixed gender parties are forbidden by law and over the past few months approximately 300 youths were arrested and flogged for taking part in these events. Arresting officers also stated that the youths in the parties were drinking alcohol (also strictly forbidden) and making a lot of noise. Sources inside Iran say that these private parties occur in Tehran on a regular basis but the growing crackdowns on these parties are making it more dangerous for youths to participate.

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