Tehran closes 547 restaurants for breaking 'Islamic principles’

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Iranian police have shut down 547 restaurants and cafes in Tehran for not observing “Islamic principles”, the capital’s police chief said Saturday. 

“The owners of restaurants and cafes in which Islamic principles were not observed were confronted, and during this operation 547 businesses were closed and 11 offenders arrested,” Hossein Rahimi said in statement on the policeforce website. 

Fars news agency said the operation was carried out over the past 10 days. 

The infractions included “unconventional advertising in cyberspace, playing illegal music and debauchery”, Fars reported. 

“Observing Islamic principles is one of the police’s main missions and responsibilities,” the police chief said.