A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Iranian Women See Soccer Game

Last night, before a soccer game in Tehran, Iran, a group of 26 women forced its way into the stadium, past guards, and in defiance of the country's rule.

According to an article in the Washington Post, "the young activists demanded seats in the sports complex that Iran's religious rulers named Azadi, or 'freedom.' "

" 'We were just insisting on our rights,' said Laila Maleki, one of the group of 26 young women. 'We're part of no campaign.' "

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Photo: AP-Hasan Sarbakhshian

The women were invited by Mohsen Mehralizadeh, one of the country's vice presidents and Iran's minister for sports.

Iranians will be electing a new president on June 17.