Majid Tavakoli photographed after his arrest. Posted on Fars News.

One of the students behind Monday's student day protest in Iran has appeared dressed as a woman on the Fars state news agency website. The website quotes him admitting that he dressed as a woman to try to avoid being arrested by the police.

Iranian student day on Dec. 7 was marked by widespread anti-Islamic regime demonstrations across the capital. One of the organisers, student Majid Tavakoli from the Amirkabir University of Technology, is seen here encouraging the crowds before his arrest.     

Fars News published a series of photos of Tavakoli wearing the chador, taken at the Ministry of Intelligence shortly after he was detained. In the same article the agency published a Photoshopped image of the Islamic Republic's first president, Abolhassan Bani Sadr, in the same attire, explaining that he too used the disguise to flee the country in 1981.

Former president Bani Sadr. Left, the image Photoshopped by Fars. Right, the original.

Tavakoli drew attention to himself for the first time in 2006 when he shouted over a speech by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a visit to his university. He was arrested shortly afterwards and sentenced to 15 months of prison for a "blasphemous" article printed in the university newspaper.

“Majid was arrested in his own clothes”

Sheida is an Iranian blogger.

We all know that this was a hoax. People who saw Majid arrested all confirm that he was wearing his own clothes [the blue jacket he's seen wearing in the video], and that he was severely beaten on his arrest. If you look closely, you can see that his chin is wounded [see enlarged photos here]."

The web retaliates…

Posted here. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

Posted here. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A fashion is born

As a sign of solidarity with Majid Tavakoli, a number of Iranians have photographed themselves wearing the chador and posted the images online. These pictures were sent to us by one of our Iranian Observers, Alireza.