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Iran: 23 arrested in Internet crack down

NCRI – Iranian regime’s State Security Forces (SSF) have closed down 24 Internet cafes and other coffee shops, arresting 23 people, state-run media reported on Sunday.

Colonel Nader Sarkari, a SSF official told IRNA news agency that only in the past 24 hours 435 coffee shops have been inspected, 170 had been warned and "23 people were detained", adding 11 of them were women.

"Using immoral computer games, storing obscene photos … and the presence of women wearing improper hijab were among the reasons why they have been closed down," Sarkari said.
The cafe crackdown coincides with a new wave of suppression of women under the pretext of "improper dress".
According to a separate report SSF had inspected 275 restaurants in Tehran, of those 138 received a warning and 17 were shut down. The inspections included check compliance with a new ban on smoking water pipes, known in Iran as qalyan.