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Opening Arguments

Police states

You'd think Bruce Sprngsteen and Paul McCartney would be smart enough to know that if there is a curfew that officials have been enforcing pretty seriously, it might be a good idea to start the concert in time for it to be over before the curfew. But, noooo, and of course it's somebody else's problem, not theirs:

Steven Van Zandt, a guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, has accused England of becoming “police state” after “The Boss” and Sir Paul McCartney were silenced for breaching a council curfew at Hard Rock Calling.

Van Zandt, 61, who has also stared in cult US drama series The Sopranos, aired his frustration at the gig's premature ending at the concert in Hyde Park, central London on Saturday night.

Organisers said it was "unfortunate" that the performance was stopped at the end but insisted the curfew was put in place for to help protect "public health and safety".

No, Steve, this is a police state, and you really should learn the difference:

Iranian police shut down dozens of restaurants and coffee shops over the weekend, Iranian media reported, in a renewed crackdown on what the state sees as immoral and un-Islamic behavior.

Regular officers and members of the "morality police" raided 87 cafes and restaurants in a single district of the capital Tehran on Saturday and arrested women for flouting the Islamic dress code, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA).