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Monday, October 27, 2008

Policing Tehran

posted by on October 27 at 10:01 AM

The day this turning world of ours ceases to surprise me is the day two pennies are placed on my eyes:

In 2003 the first group of female cadets graduated from Iran’s police academy. Tehran’s police chief Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf—now the mayor of Tehran—had obtained permission from the country’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, to create the all-female police units, and these policewomen were the products of a three-year training program. Abbas Kowsari was allowed to photograph the academy’s graduation ceremony in 2005, a dramatic pageant, and a historical anomaly. “During Qalibaf’s time as police chief,” the photographer said, “policewomen performed many martial arts and chase routines, including climbing walls and jumping out of the windows of moving cars. But after he stepped down, that training was eliminated. Last year’s ceremony was limited to a parade, speeches, target practice, and the loading of revolvers by blindfolded policewomen graduates. No photographers were allowed.”

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I thought there were no lesbians in Iran.

Posted by w7ngman | October 27, 2008 10:21 AM

That picture just kicked my face off. Fucking awesome.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 27, 2008 10:28 AM

I agree with Poe. If the picture had no context, I would assume it was from a movie. "From the files of Iranian Police Squad!"

Posted by P to the J | October 27, 2008 10:31 AM

Obama giving a speech right now, it's great how he ties together what's best of America talking of fighting hte depression ww2 and the civil rights struggle, ie, he owns and lets us own all those things together producing unity and national purpose not just 1970s era democratic constiuent-group agglomeration politics.

just sayin'

Posted by PC | October 27, 2008 10:34 AM

nice Mercedes Police car

Posted by gordon | October 27, 2008 10:37 AM

Marjane Satrapi should totally do a graphic novel about this.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 27, 2008 10:50 AM

That is one of the most bad-ass pictures I have ever seen.

Posted by laterite | October 27, 2008 11:51 AM

Great pic., but not without precedent. during the late stages of the prolonged Iran/Iraq war there were so few able-bodied Iranian men left the geovernment inducted and trained battalions of women for local defense militias.

Posted by inkweary | October 27, 2008 12:19 PM

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