The 4,000-member Ansar-e Hezbollah patrols, which had announced their intention to confront any public noncompliance with Hijab (the Islamic dress code), will no longer hit the streets of Tehran due to resistance from the Security Forces.
In a report on Tuesday September 23, Shahrvand writes that the head of the extremist faction Ansar-e Hezbollah, Abdolmajid Mohtasham, reportedly had a meeting with the head of Iran’s Community Police Force, who insisted that patrolling the streets requires valid security permits and can only be carried out through official channels.
While commending the goal of Ansar-e Hezbollah to promote compliance with Hijab, the police want all forms of patrolling to be carried out within the framework of the law.
Mohtasham has told the Shargh newspaper that so far no permit has been issued to let Ansar-e Hezbollah carry out patrols.
Earlier, the Ministry of Interior had also expressed opposition to any unregulated activities by Ansar-e Hezbollah.
Ansar-e Hezbollah has in the past recruited volunteers, referred to by the public as plainclothes forces, to patrol the streets of the capital enforcing hijab.