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Watch: Iranian women protest against Khamenei’s fatwa by continuing to ride bicyclesMany Iranian women have recently uploaded to social media sites pictures of themselves riding bicycles after Iran’s Supreme Leader banned women in the country from cycling. “Bicycle riding is part of our lives,” explained one of the women.
Recently, Iranian women have been uploading videos of themselves riding bicycles to social media sites in protest against a fatwa (an Islamic legal ruling) that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued this week. According to the fatwa, women are forbidden from riding bicycles.
“Riding a bicycle often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption and thus contravenes women's chastity,” explained Khamenei. “It must be abandoned.” Iranian police officers even arrested a group of women for cycling and forced them to sign a contract that states that they will not do this again.
However, some brave women refuse to obey the fatwa issued by the Iranian Supreme Leader and they are encouraging other women to express their opinions regarding the matter. “Bicycle riding is part of our lives,” said a young girl who uploaded a video to her Facebook page. In the video, she and her mother are riding bikes.
“We immediately rented two bicycles to say we’re not giving up cycling once we heard Ayatollah Khamenei’s fatwa,” said the girl. “It’s our absolute right and we’re not going to give up.” Another Iranian woman posted a picture of herself cycling next to her male friends and wrote: “I’m sure the prohibition of biking for women will be lifted in coming years.”
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