A senior police official said today that all store owners in the capital were forced to install security cameras to be used by the police for online surveillance.
Nader Moradi, the Chief of the Public Locations Police, tasked with controlling stores and other public locations, said that the security cameras of all stores would be surveilled by the Locations Police.
“According to the law, all stores have to have security cameras in order to receive a permit,” Moradi said today.
He said that these cameras were in the service of the police adding that the police would monitor them online from a “surveillance center”.
The police chief said that shop owners would be committing a crime if they turned off the cameras.
“If any offenses are committed, the culprits will be dealt with,” Moradi threatened shop owners.
He also said that the regime intended to crack down more vigorously on “unconventional” clothing including see through and open front coats worn by Iranian women.
The regime enforces a strict dress code and women are forced to cover their hair and wear long coats over their clothes.
Cracking down on the most basic civil rights is the regime’s way of keeping Iranians, especially women, in check. However, controlling security cameras is not only aimed at cracking down on “unconventional clothing”. The regime is terrified of protests that might erupt at any moment and it would seem as though this is yet another way to control and surveil the public.