Busted: Iranian Music Concert

By Nagognog2 · Aug 5, 2007 · ·
  1. Nagognog2
    Iran detains scores at "satanic" rock gig: media
    August 4, 2007

    TEHRAN ) - Iranian police detained more than 200 people and seized alcohol and drugs in a raid on a "satanic" underground rock concert, media in the conservative Islamic state reported on Saturday.
    Iran, which has launched an annual summer crackdown on "immoral behavior," bans alcohol, narcotics and parties with unrelated men and women dancing, drinking and mixing. Western popular music is frowned upon.

    The police operation took place on Wednesday night in the town of Karaj near the capital Tehran, at an event with local disc jockeys, rock and rap groups performing, the media said.

    "Most of those arrested are wealthy young people ... who came to this party with the goal of attending a provocative, satanic concert," daily Tehran-e Emrouz quoted a senior police official, Reza Zarei, as saying.

    Karaj's public prosecutor, Ali Farhadi, said invitations had been sent out via the Internet and that people from Britain and Sweden were among those held. Zarei suggested they were expatriate Iranians visiting the country.

    Farhadi said 150 bottles of alcoholic drinks, 800 "obscene" CDs and different kinds of drugs had been confiscated by police, as well as "inappropriate" dresses that those behind the event were giving to female guests as gifts.

    "Some 230 people who attended a rock party in Karaj were identified and arrested," Farhadi said on the Web site of Iran's state broadcaster.

    He said 20 video cameras had also been seized and that the organizers had planned to blackmail girls after filming "inappropriate and obscene" videos of them.

    Under sharia, Islamic law, imposed after Iran's 1979 revolution, women are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose clothing to disguise their figures and protect their modesty. Violators can receive lashes, fines or imprisonment.

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  1. Joe Duffy
    I’d love to go to a "satanic" underground rock concert.
  2. FrankenChrist
    Oh great, like they needed to remind us that they were assholes.
  3. arman
    Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim,

    The situation is really bad here in Iran! You've just heard a few. Here we can't have any kind of fun (and i don't mean drugs but any other things as mentioned above), its just shit! though SWIM is doing some pretty cool stuff right here, I guess SWIM can get lashes and a few years imprisonment. Anyway, SWIM is a pretty anti-islamic (and anti-religion) guy, and deserves the full penalty of islamic law!

  4. FrankenChrist
    Good luck to you :/
  5. Bajeda
    Keep in mind that about 1/4 of Iran's population is under 15, 36-37% are under 18, and over 2/3s of the population is under 30.

    Iran experienced insane population growth the back end of the past century, hence the divisions in the government (such as when Khatami was elected president) as the youth and women oppose the pervasive rigidity of Islamic authoritarianism. I think the government should need some luck (and for America to keep egging it on) in order to avoid another revolution. Luck for them that the whole nuclear issue is making anti-Americanism popular again (most of the youth weren't there for the 1979 revolution) and instilling patriotic fervor in the populace.

    Anyways, look at this bust the same you would at an American one. It looks good in the press, allows the government to demonize whatever it doesnt like, people applaud, and things go on as usual with plenty of other people doing the same stuff without getting caught. Maybe if the republic used its entire armed forces to enforce the "social morality" they could put a dent in illegal activity, but yeah, good luck with that.
  6. Nagognog2
    Won't be long before our press in the USA starts using words like 'satanic' to describe concerts and other gatherings. The Fundamentalist Christians are just as nuts as the Iranian clergy. And both have more than a toehold in government.
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