Iran shuts 547 restaurants for not observing Islamic principles

The Iranian news service, Fars, said the shut downs occurred because the establishments were "unconventionally advertising in cyberspace, playing illegal music and conducting debauchery."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
June 10, 2019 05:28
Woman smokes nargila from a hookah

Woman smokes nargila from a hookah 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Sharif Karim)

Iranian police shut down 547 restaurants and cafes in Tehran, AFP reported.

According to Tehran’s police chief, the eateries were closed for not observing "Islamic principles."

The Iranian news service, Fars, said the shut downs occurred because the establishments were "unconventionally advertising in cyberspace, playing illegal music and conducting debauchery."

Along with the 547 businesses that were shut down, there were 11 people arrested.

"Observing Islamic principles is ... one of the police's main missions and responsibilities," the police chief said, according to the AFP report.

The crackdown has occurred over a 10-day period at the end of May and beginning of June.


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