Iran Crackdown on Coffee Shops and Cafes: 'Morality Police' Arrest Women for 'un-Islamic' Acts
Authorities have shut down dozens of coffee shops and restaurants in Iran for allowing what the government considers immoral and un-Islamic behavior. Police officers and members of the so-called "morality police" raided 87 cafes and restaurants in a single district, arresting women for disobeying the Islamic dress code and shutting down coffee shops that allow women to smoke hookah pipes. The increasing popularity of coffee shops throughout Iran has angered conservative Iranians, who consider them a cultural imposition from the West. The latest crackdown comes after Iran barred women from watching the Euro 2012 football Championships in public places and banned Barbie dolls as well as dolls of characters from American cartoon show The Simpsons.