Iranians appear to have taken inspiration from a woman who landed in jail late last month for a peaceful protest against Iran's strict Islamic dress code, echoing frustration at official restrictions on women's appearance in public.
The protests appear to have been inspired by 31-year-old Vida Movahed, who reportedly was arrested briefly after being photographed waving her hijab while standing on a utility box on Enghelab Street in central Tehran, according to.
Vida Movahed's protest in the centre of Tehran last month.
Videos and photos shared widely on Facebook and Twitter showed Hosseini following the Girl of Revolution Street's lead, removing her scarf and standing on an electric box for ten minutes, before plainclothes policemen stepped in and took her away.
Images of her one-woman protest December 27 flooded social media, where she has been lauded as a courageous defender of women's rights.
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Another woman protested against the obligatory headscarf in Iran on Monday, she and another lady were arrested witnesses tell me. Thousands of people, including men, have changed their profile pictures in support of Movahed.
Her actions sparked similar protests in Tehran with three other women taking off their headscarves and holding it on a stick. Rights groups believe that she was released in order to quell growing White Wednesday protests.
The December demonstrations started as protests against soaring food prices before quickly turning political as widespread corruption, as well as Iran's costly interventions in Syria and Iraq, further incited public anger.
The Islamic dress code, in place since the 1979 revolution, considers veiling obligatory for any female above 13 in Iran and says they should cover themselves from head to toe while disavowing any figure-hugging dress.
"This should be seen as part of a larger struggle of Iranian women for equality and to have control over their own bodies, and can even be traced back to women's resistance of forced unveiling during the reign of Reza Shah", said Sussan Tahmasebi, an Iranian women's rights activist. Despite the fear of reprisals, millions of women in Iran defy the restrictions on a daily basis.