It is wrong to assume that you will only be arrested in Iran for political dissent or for not observing the state’s Islamic dress code, you risk incarceration if you dare to have fun, particularly if its group fun and if it is in public. The latest arrests in Iran include those who organised and participated in a water pistol fight in a park in Tehran.
Behnam Atabaki, the General Director of the District, was the first official to publicly condemn the event and those who participated in it. Atabaki also criticised the Law Enforcement Forces and said they were unable to break up the “immoral” gathering which went on from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon time. Park authorities only managed to stop the massive water pistol fight, only after they thought about cutting the water supplies.
More condemnations of the “morally abnormal” event followed in the sate controlled media. Isfahan MP, Mohamad Taghi Rahbar, condemned the water pistol fight in the park and said “the officials should not show indifference to those who are endeavouring to dilute our Islamic values.” Rahbar, who is also the deputy chief of the parliament’s legal and judicial commission, added “we are pursuing more information on those who organised this and will deal with them severely.”
Another similar event in another park on the following Sunday was simply too much to ignore for the authorities. Tehran’s chief of police, Commander Hossein Sajedinia said “Police quickly turned up and all those who took part in the event have been arrested” He added that “Police will definitely deal swiftly with those who try to break the social order”