The women had planned to cycle in an event, but security forces declared that they were in breach of a new directive that bans women from cycling in public places.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reports that eye witnesses said that several of the women in the group “were arrested and taken into custody after objecting to the rules, while others were asked to sign documents promising they would not repeat the cycling violation.”

Human rights activist Farideh Karimi, a member of the NCRI, said, “Suppression of women has been a tenet of the mullahs’ regime from its outset. This latest restrictive measure shows that misogyny is being stepped up under Hassan Rouhani’s administration.  With each passing day the mullahs’ regime is further infringing on the basic rights of women which they had fought hard to obtain.”

This arrest follows less than a week after 150 young Iranians were arrested for attending a mixed-gender party near Tehran.

According to Tasnim news agency, Colonel Mohsen Khancherli, police commander for the west of Tehran Province stated that they had received a report of a mixed gender event taking place and had made dozens of arrests.

He said, “Some 150 boys and girls had gathered at the mixed-gender party under the guise of a birthday party in this garden which is situated next to a studio where unlawful music was produced and recorded,” he said. “Upon arrival of the police, all those present were arrested and sent before the judiciary.”