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Women score goal for civil rights

10 June 2005

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Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955. That was the day when an unknown seamstress Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.

Since the 1979 revolution, Iranian women have been banned from attending men's sporting events. But yesterday a group of young Iranian women made history; posting photographs (1 + 2) and detailed accounts of their entry into the stadium in their blogs.

"We succeeded. I congratulate all of us today who crossed the red line and broke a futile taboo," wrote blogger Masoumeh Naseri.

Parastou Doukohaki writes in her blog: "I still can’t believe it! For years I’ve longed to be part of a cool Mexican wave during a national game... Dear Mahbobeh's leg got broken in the struggle with the security forces at the Azadi stadium. But we got in."

By Nasrin Alavi

How is the British police crackdown bill a threat to democracy?

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill creates new stop-and-search powers, allows the police to put more conditions on protests, and threatens Gypsy and Traveller rights to roam.

It's been met with mass protests from Bristol to Belfast. Is this bill a threat to our human rights – and is there any stopping it now?

Join us for this free live discussion at 5pm UK time, Thursday 15 April

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Moya Lothian-Mclean Politics editor at gal-dem
Luke Smith Founder of GRT [Gypsy, Roma and Traveller] Socialists
Zarah Sultana Labour MP
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