Tamil Diplomat

Iran Olympic protest: Woman asked to take down sign

A female Iranian activist who held a protest banner during a volleyball match at the Rio Olympics was asked to take it down and leave by security staff.

Darya Safai’s sign read: “Let Iranian women enter their stadiums.” Women have generally been banned or restricted from attending all-male sports events in Iran since shortly after the Islamic revolution in 1979.

The International Olympic Committee bans political statements at the games. After she refused to leave, security staff abandoned their attempt to remove her and she carried on holding up the banner for the rest of the game.

Ms Safai says she plans to attend all of Iran’s volleyball matches. The next one is on Monday. Ms Safai, who was born in Iran but lives in Belgium, held her protest on Saturday at a men’s preliminary volleyball match between Egypt and Iran.(BBC,2016)