The Force Strikes Back
13 Dec 2009 00:11
[ snapshot ] A stunt pulled by Iran's state media to humiliate student leader Majid Tavakoli backfired -- big time.
Tavakoli was arrested on Monday in Tehran after addressing students at Amir Kabir University during the highly-charged Student Day campus protests.
In a move meant to discredit the prominent student activist, state news agency IRNA and state-affiliated Fars News Agency published several mug shot-style photographs of Tavakoli dressed in a chador (the full-length black cloak which is the staple of the 'orthodox' Shia women in Iran), alleging that he had tried to flee the campus disguised as the opposite sex.
Supporters of the opposition movement reacted by staging an online solidarity campaign called "We are all Majid Tavakoli." Hundreds of Iranian men photographed themselves draped in hejab and posted the photos on the Web.