‘Who Wears Short Coats?’: Encounters With Iranian Police

Regardless of how the media portrays Iran, the aggressiveness of the regime is much worse than what we see or feel in the West. Phrases from the Quran are written on freeways, buildings and walls by the government. On streets and street corners are numbers of stations, not much larger than a porta-potty, with “Diplomatic Police” written horizontally in big, white, English block letters. Inside each sits an intimidating-looking man wearing a green military suit and holding a large rifle. This all is in the name of instilling fear for the sake of control.

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