In today's column from luxury magazine Monocle, when a water fight involving 3,000 people broke out in Tehran, police started to make several arrests, for no apparent reason.

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Tehran’s chief of police, Hossein Sajednia, boasted on Sunday that the rule breakers had been identified and would be punished for actions that both ‘opposed Islamic values’ and disrupted social order.’

Far from a return to the protests that followed 2009 disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Sajednia was referring to a massive water fight that took place in Tehran’s appropriately named Water & Fire Park.

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