Iranian women take off headscarves to protest hijab

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Protesting against veil law, Iranian woman has been taking off their headscarves and waving it on a stick in public.

She was dubbed "the girl from Enghelab Street" as word - and memes - of her action spread.

Images of her one-woman protest December 27 flooded social media, where she has been lauded as a courageous defender of women's rights. A hashtag about women's role in social change, roughly translating to #GirlsofRevolutionStreet, was also trending on Iranian Twitter.

LONDON, The Iranian authorities have released most of the people arrested during December's anti-government protests but around 300 remain in jail facing charges, Iran's interior minister said on Tuesday.

Another woman protested against the obligatory headscarf in Iran on Monday, she and another lady were arrested witnesses tell me. It's notable that whilst Movahedi and other have been arrested other women have been left alone.

In Iran, women showing their hair in public can be jailed up to two months or fined United States dollars 25.

Iranian Islamic law has forced women to wear a hijab and long, loose clothing for modesty since the 1979 revolution.

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Sotoudeh, who was awarded the Sakharov human rights prize in 2012, had said she would gladly take up Movahed's legal case but did not know where she was being held.

The identity of the second woman has not been revealed, but the New York Times' Tehran correspondent, Thomas Erdbrink, reported that she had been arrested.

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi said the current acts of defiance were the culmination of years of protests against the hijab. "Since then, we've seen other acts of protests against the imposition of the dress code", Ebadi told RFE/RL in a reference to broad expressions of concern almost four decades ago.

The mandatory hijab impacts all Iranian women and has been a focus of Iranian women's rights campaigners for years.

The woman from the iconic protest image that activists have been imitating was reportedly freed on Monday after spending about a month in jail. "The [Iranian] establishment should acknowledge this minimum for women", Ebadi said.

Many on social media applauded and encouraged these women for standing up against rigid laws. The unidentified man is seen standing on a metal box while holding a white scarf.