Washington supports Iranian women protesting against compulsory hijab

Two Iranian women make their way in a square while one of them wears the chador in downtown Tehran Iran

Although women in Iran have fought against the hijab for almost four decades, the new wave of protests has grabbed more attention and sparked a debate rarely seen before over personal freedoms.

"Women show their opposition to such forceful approaches by their very clothing, from resisting covering their hair to wearing long boots and leggings", she wrote in a series of tweets this week. In one photo which attracted a lot of attention on social media, a cleric is seen atop a telecom box, waving a flag of the Islamic Republic.

Women have been required to wear the hijab since he Islamic Revolution in 1979.

On Thursday, Iran's Revolutionary Guard announced via the Tasnim media outlet that 29 female protesters had been arrested during the latest wave of anti-hijab protests.

Iranian officials have accused her of receiving money from foreign governments to fund her two separate anti-compulsory hijab campaigns - the first one is My Stealthy Freedom.

Ayatollah Khatami also said that Iran would never stop producing missiles, which the United States contends is a violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution.

The protests appear to imitate the actions of a 31-year-old protester identified as Vida Movahed, who took off her hijab on the same street in Tehran in December.

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The image of the woman spread on social media.

Another viral video shows an elderly lady who - in solidarity with the protestors - climbs a fountain base, takes off her white headscarf and waves it with her walking stick.

"Women feel they have no control over their bodies". In the past, women who allowed their hijab to slip could be admonished by the religious police, but these forces have been less prominent under the regime of President Hassan Rouhani. The law was enforced with brute force on the streets until all women felt no other alternative but to follow the dress code.

The women were charged with public order offences and have been referred to the state prosecutor's office.

"The girl of Enghelab Street has been released", human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh wrote in a post on her Facebook page on January 28.

"We imposed restrictions on women and put them under unnecessary restrains".

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