Thousands of Iranian women have been cautioned over their poor Islamic dress this week and several hundred arrested in the capital Tehran in the most fierce crackdown on what's known as "bad hijab" for more than a decade.
It is the talk of the town. The latest police crackdown on Islamic dress has angered many Iranians - male, female, young and old.
But Iranian TV has reported that an opinion poll conducted in Tehran found 86% of people were in favour of the crackdown - a statistic that is surprising given the strength of feeling against this move....
Perhaps if this kind of crackdown is constantly brought to bear upon the Iranian people they might rebel. The parents of this generation lived under comparative freedom under the Shah. The current people are seeing more freedom and choice on their TV sets, in other countries. I notice on the right menu in this BBC report there is an article about the Iranian "brain-drain" Thus the educated perhaps "middle classes" are getting out of Iran. But this in itself could create the problem, that the less educated poor folks may be oppressed further and the moslem elite will establish a "communist" type of claustrophobic and clandestine society. Hence more trouble for it's neighbours and the world.