As his security forces continue to beat and kill pro-democracy protesters in the streets, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stepped up a plan to strictly segregate the sexes throughout Iranian society in business and public buildings. It is part of his continued radical Muslim agenda with the hard-right religious leaders that support his regime.
Men and women are already separated on buses but this would be a leap forward for those who want a complete Islamic structure for Iranian society. It would also tend to slow the growing demands among young people for greater rights and freedoms.
Schools and public buildings are already building separate entrances for men and women. Universities (viewed by the hard-right as breeding grounds for democratic and liberal values) are the primary target for the segregation.
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