Iranian Citizens Clash with Police

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CBNNews.com - When Iranian Chastity Police bloodied the face of a young woman they deemed "inappropriately dressed" and beat a bystander who came to her aid Saturday, dozens of citizens began rioting.

Several protesters set dumpsters on fire, while the crowd chanted slogans against the Iranian regime, shouting "police state" and "no more Islamic regime" and called out against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Using cell phones to record the riot, they managed to send short clips to YouTube, which aired the event.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard and Chastity Police have been cracking down on women for not complying with Islamic dress code.

Police arrested 10 protestors.

Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, religious police began interrogating 57 men accused of flirting with women near a shopping mall in Mecca, a local newspaper reported.

According to the article in the Okaz newspaper, the men were also charged with listening to popular music on their car radios, dancing and being improperly dressed.

Saudi Arabia's Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice oversees the religious police, tasked with ensuring that women dress in the traditional black abaya and wear no makeup.

They also make sure men and women do not mingle, shops close up five times a day and men go to the mosques.

The religious police, known as muttawa (enforcer), do not wear uniforms, but can be identified by their long beards and slightly shorter robes.

Sources: YNet news service, The Associated Press

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