Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Valentine's Day crackdown in Iran
"...TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian police have launched a massive crackdown on Valentine's Day celebrations in a bid to limit Western influences.
Shops were ordered to remove heart-themed decorations from their windows and Valentine cards were confiscated.
Plainclothes police began the crackdown on Monday after Valentine products inundated shopping malls in wealthy north Tehran and young people began to show great interest in marking the day.
Valentine's Day and its tradition of exchanging gifts with the opposite sex contradict conservative morals in a country where contact between unrelated men and women is strongly discouraged..."

Actually I got a little surprised by reading this piece of news, because yesterday that I had gone out, I saw all shops that sell valentine card, chocolate, dolls & the stuff open, & also full of young girls & boys, just like other, I don't know, perhaps this cracking down started today! or it is a little bit bombastic!...anyway, no matter what they wanna do, but Iranian boys & girls, do not obey them to be different from other young people...valentine will be held here in Iran.

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