By Alexander Robertson For Mailonline. Up to boys and girls have been arrested in Iran after they attended a mixed-gender birthday party near the capital city of Tehran. The young Iranians were detained following a raid by police on a garden in Islamshahr following a tip-off from locals. Colonel Mohsen Khancherli, police commander for the west of Tehran Province, told the Tasnim news agency that officers were monitoring gardens following the arrival of summer.
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The streets of Tehran turn deceptively quiet after midnight, but one anomalous corner in the affluent part of the city offers a rare glimpse of what goes on between four walls. Traffic is denser here, as drivers line up behind Porsches and Mercedes Benzes whose owners swerve in and out of lanes, either because they are drunk or because they can. While a strictly enforced law compels other shopkeepers to close by midnight, Super Jordan stays open through the wee hours, monopolizing late-night refreshment sales. It is rumored that the owner has exquisite connections to the municipal government; in any case, shoppers in various stages of inebriation complete their purchases without police intervention. On weekend nights, a gang of young men with mod haircuts and chest-baring vests loiters outside the entrance. Nearby, a corresponding group of girls with neon-colored hair and lips swelled by botox injections wobble on six-inch heels; their comings and goings are more frequent than those of their male companions. Aside from this cohort of regulars, the shop is frequented by a spectrum of north Tehran residents looking to stock up on cigarettes, mixers and late-night snacks.
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I had met them moments earlier in the bazaar in Yazd where they'd recommended a nearby restaurant. Our brief conversation had prompted an offer to take me to the desert. Of course I say yes. I am not exactly sure what this invitation entails but I will soon find out.