They supported the protests in the country
Several Iranian actresses have photographed themselves without a hijab as a sign of support for the country’s protests, AFP reported, citing a video shared on social networks.
It is the latest demonstration by artists since the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian Kurdish woman who was arrested by the morality police for violating the strict dress code that requires women to wear the hijab in public.
The short video shows filmmaker and actress Soheila Golestani posing for a camera without a headscarf in a city park. Eight more women and four men line up silently around her. At the moment, AFP is unable to establish where and when the recording was made.
Golestani posted the video on his Instagram account last night, writing: “The play is over and the truth is out. Our real heroes are the anonymous ones.” The footage was also shared by director Hamid Pourazari, who also stars in it. According to the London-based news site Iran Wire, all those in the video are actors.
After the young woman’s death unleashed a huge public outcry in Iran, many women in the arts defied the authorities by publicly removing their hijabs. The same was the case with the actress Tarane Alidusti, who some time ago declared that she would stay in her country “regardless of the cost”.
Two other well-known actresses, Hengame Ghaziani and Katayoun Riyahi, were detained for their support of the unrest, which Iranian authorities say is fueled by the West. Ghaziani was detained on November 20 and released on bail yesterday, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported.
Among the filmmakers detained in Iran even before the protests began are directors Mohammad Rasulof and Jafar Panahi.
Iran has evidence that Western countries have participated in the protests that have gripped the country, Reuters reports, citing the country’s foreign ministry.
We have concrete information that proves that the United States, Western countries and some of the American allies had a role in the protests,” the department’s spokesman Nasser Kanaani said at a briefing.
In addition, Iran’s foreign ministry refused to cooperate with the UN investigation into human rights violations.
The UN Human Rights Council launched an independent investigation into Iran’s crackdown on protesters, looking into more than 300 deaths and 15,000 arrests.
Kanaani, however, dismissed the investigation as a “political commission”. He pointed out that Iran has its own panel comprising “experts, lawyers and official and unofficial representatives” and is conducting a comprehensive investigation into any possible human rights violations.
Khamenei praised the volunteers quelling the protests in Iran
Iran has been rocked by nationwide protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini after she was detained by morality police enforcing the Islamic Republic’s strict restrictions on women’s clothing. The protests escalated into the country’s biggest unrest since 2019 and resulted in more than 300 deaths.
The case was strongly condemned by the international community.
For its part, the Islamic Republic accused its Western enemies of fueling the protests.
Last week, Israel’s military intelligence chief, Major General Aharon Haliva, said the protests in Iran were beginning to look like a popular uprising, but so far there was no “real danger” to the regime’s survival.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk defined the situation in the country as critical.