Iranian Athlete Elnaz Rekabi’s Family Home Demolished in Apparent Act of Revenge

1: in october, elnaz rekabi, an iranian athlete, competed abroad without a headscarf, which is required of women in iran. upon her return to tehran, she was greeted by a large crowd and detained in a room at the national olympic committee building with plainclothes agents present until she met the sports minister. elnaz rekabi posted an apology on instagram and her family’s villa has reportedly been demolished.
paragraph 2: the events surrounding elnaz rekabi’s return to tehran occurred in october. she was greeted by a large crowd at the tehran airport and detained at the national olympic committee building in the same city.
paragraph 3: elnaz rekabi’s family villa was reportedly demolished after she posted an apology on instagram, in which she said her headscarf had fallen off “inadvertently”. it is believed that authorities threatened to take her family’s property if she did not make the statement. the semi-official tasnim news agency confirmed that the house has been demolished, but said this was due to the family not having a valid permit for its construction. anti-government activists have denounced the act as an act of revenge against elnaz rekabi, who has been hailed as a hero.

By Evey Lovelace

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