Feared paramilitarygangs to patrol Iran’s cities in ‘veiling and dress-code’ clampdown

NCRI – The Iranian regime is to deploy a feared paramilitary group onto the streets to clamp down on improperly veiled women and youths violating the dress code enforced by the regime.

More than 4,000 plain-clothes agents of notorious group Ansar-e Hezbollah group – commanded by the Revolutionary Guard – will be moved into towns and cities to ‘promote virtue and prevent vice’, the group’s head Abdolhamid Mohtasham said.

Ansar-e Hezbollah were widely involved in the suppression of 2009 public protests in Iran and all members are affiliated to the IRGC’s intelligence section.

Mohtasham said around 3,000 women and 1,000 men involved in ‘guidance patrols’ will go into action across the country but would on a larger scale in the capital Tehran.

He told the state-run INSA news agency: “They have began carrying out their missions in groups of ten men and women in various parts of the city without their activities being covered by the press.”

While announcing the formation of patrols, Mohtasham also acknowledged the widespread public hatred towards the regime and the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

He added: “The number of people who are corrupt now outnumbers the religious people.”

“Despite nightly and daily attacks by enemies and hypocrites, we are suppressing the corrupt and their supporters and will remove them from the scene. If we don’t tackle them, they will stand against Hezbollah.”

Mohtasham said members of the Ansar-e-Hezbollah patrols would not carry ID cards, and admitted this could trigger violence, admitting: “In any such situation there could be trouble.”

The presence of Ansar-e-Hebollah gangs on Iran’s streets are in line with increasing violations of human rights within the regime, including the soaring rate of executions that is intensifying the climate of fear among the Iranian people, and preventing them from publicly expressing their opposition to the clerical dictatorship ruling Iran.

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