Iran, which has the second-highest number of executions in the world, speeds up sending drug and murder-related prisoners to the gallows as a strategy to increase pressure on the anti-establishment civil movement.
Amid a harsh crackdown against women defying the strict Islamic Sharia Law regarding women's outfits, Iran's police chief demonstrated severe intolerance towards media coverage of the police's campaign to implement the hijab law.
A video reconstructed the details of a raid on students who protested on the Sharif University campus in Tehran on 22 October, during the days when anti-establishment demonstrations engulfed all Iranian cities.
Iranian police's new campaign to punish citizens not obeying the obligatory hijab law opened a new chapter of civil disobedience seven months after the death of a young Kurdish woman in Islamic morality police custody.
On 15 April, law enforcement in Iran will begin implementing the hijab law strictly; however, the country's modern history shows that no authority was successful in forcefully imposing its preferred outfit on ordinary Iranians.
Despite the authorities' international propaganda campaign about a general amnesty, Iranian dissidents and activists revealed that they were forced to sign self-incriminating letters to be on the list of pardoned convicts.