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60 Girls and Boys Arrested at a Night Party in Eastern Iran

The head of the Civilian and Revolutionary Courts in the north-eastern city of Gorgan has confirmed the arrest of 60 girls and boys at a “night party.”

Iran’s ISNA news agency reported on May 11 that “they were arrested by the Police of Virtue in Gorgan’s Tuskestan region, based on an order by the local juditial authority.”

The head of Gorgan Revolutionary Court, Ezatollah Hamzehnejad, confirmed the opening of a criminal case against the owner of the villa where the party took place and those who proved positive after an “alcohol test.”

Hamzehnejad added that “another criminal case was opened against other party goers for un-Islamic relations.” He also said that alcoholic beverages were confiscated from the party.

Un-Islamic behavior is a term used by Iranian authorities for mixed-gender parties or social interactions.

Just a few days ago, on May 7, authorities in Kerman raided a party and arrested 55 young people. In recent months, Iranian authorities frequently report about raids on mixed-gender parties.

Similar arrests were also reported at birthdays and weddings in different Iranian cities. Dozens were reported arrested or released on bail after detention.