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Internet News   Internet News : Iranians arrested for net dating
   posted by DaveyD on 4-Mar-2003 0:28:07 (1516 reads)
Dozens of young Iranians have been detained for "unlawful actions" after using a website to arrange dates, officials say.

A militia commander said 68 men and women were arrested in the capital Tehran, according to a report by Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency (Irna).

The Basij militia also detained the operators of the dating website, Irna said.

Correspondents say the Basij enforce Iran's strict morality laws and often raid mixed parties and gatherings, but this is the first time an operation against internet users has been reported.

Tip-offs

General Ahmad Rouzbehani told Irna: "Some people were using an internet site to allow girls and boys to talk and arrange meetings in a place in north Tehran where they had illegal relations."

He said the young people may have been duped and added that the "matchmakers" were also arrested and handed to judiciary officials.

Computers, satellite dishes and CDs were also seized in a series of raids prompted by tip-offs to the morality police, General Rouzbehani told the news agency.

He asked families to be "more sensitive to the use of the internet by their children and to prevent from their deviation by advising them, given the expansion of the [internet] facilities in the society".

Free speech

Official figure show about 3% of Tehran residents have access to the internet.

Most people use net cafes to go online as there are only a handful of internet service providers in the country.

Internet chat rooms provide a way for youngsters to talk freely about taboo subjects such as sex.

Over the past year, there has been a big rise in the number of Persian weblogs, online journals where cyber-diarists let the world in on their lives.

There are more than 1,200 Persian blogs, which focus largely on social rather than political issues, such as the opposite sex, music and films.
    

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cyka 
Re: Iranians arrested for net dating
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this is an interesting news atricle. That country is strage if the can't meet people they meet from the internet.


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Iran is a nice country, even despite its religious government. The people are extremely friendly and hospitable. Don't believe everything you see on television or what newspapers are focussing on. Sadly they mostly give a far too one-sided view of Iran.

The biggest problems within Iran are caused by many years of US imposed boycotts, and sadly this has mainly made this once prosperous country relatively poor (compared to western countries). However the boycotts don't hurt the government so much, due to oil sales, but instead mainly hurt the ordinary Iranian middle-class.

The religious government laws within Iran are pretty strict, so alot of things take place behind the scenes(alcohol consumption, bribing for parties, prostitution, etc). Also boys and girls meet eachother en masse secretly at certain meeting-places. I have been to one of those meeting-places at the northern mountains, a great view outdoors restaurant with hundreds of persian carpets, with young people quietly meeting eachother.

The same can be witnessed in the north at the Caspian Sea, boys walking hand in hand with their Girlfriends along the beach.

BTW, personally I experienced no problems using the internet at various internet cafes in Tehran (Hotels, Shopping centers, City Center).

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The same can be witnessed in the north at the Caspian Sea, Boys walking hand in hand with their Girlfriends along the beach.


that last bit sounds quite sweet the country has had too much interference by the US then?


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that last bit sounds quite sweet the country has had too much interference by the US then?


I believe so...

Historically, one of the biggest mistakes has been to keep the Shah in power, with the support of the US. The people did not like the way their dictartoristic King was enriching himself with building dozens of expensive palaces (I have seen a few, I got the point!), while the benefits weren't shared enough with the rest of the people. This and many other things caused much anger towards the US/Shah (i.e. freedom of religion was also an issue, the Shah did not allow people to wear head-shawls, etc). After a while, Khomeini was sadly able to take full advantage of these feelings and came to power. He was the symbol for a new age, when everything should become better.

After alot of changes, people understood that Khomeini wasn't the answer neither and wanted a democracy. But sadly Sadam Hussein invaded the country with full backing from the US. Iranians would prefer Khomeini over Sadam anyday. So after many years of pointless war, and millions of deaths, there wasn't much left of the original wealth of Iran.

However, the government was able to get so much power due to this war, that government change is/was very unlikely anytime soon. Currently I guess over 90% of the Iranian people would want to have a democratic Iran, however everyone is tired of war and poverty, and all the weapons are in the hands of the government anyway and this government will do anything to stay in power.

Of course there are many other things which contributed to Iran-US problems, most importantly the missile attack on a civilian Iranian airplane killing hundreds of innocent people, by the US marine.

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you seem to know a lot about iranian history and i feel for the people of Iran.

That whole post is just a summery of the past 20+ years of history.


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I agree, the news about places is generaly twisted, don`t believe it until you`ve been to the place to experience it for yourself.


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true i have never been to Iran or any of the places whcih have gained a bad rep throught interferance.


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