Iran Protests: Actor takes-off hijab in Instagram post, gets arrested a day later

Iran Protests: As protests spread across the nation, state media announced that Iran has detained a well-known actor who in a video appeared to remove her headscarf in public in an apparent act of defiance.
The death in detention of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman of Kurdish descent who had been detained by the morality police in Tehran, set off more than two months of rallies spearheaded by women that have rocked Iran’s clerical authorities. Mahsa Amini had been arrested by the morality police.

Authorities in the Islamic republic refer to the demonstrations as “riots” and charge Western adversaries with instigating them.

The official news agency IRNA reported that Hengameh Ghaziani, an outspoken opponent of the crackdown on protestors, had been detained for inciting and supporting the “riots” as well as for interacting with opposition media.

The 52-year-old movie diva posted a video on Instagram of herself taking off the required hijab after previously indicating that she had been summoned by the court.

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She tweeted late on Saturday, “Maybe this will be my last post.”

“From this moment on, whatever happens to me, know that as always, I am with the Iranian people until my last breath.”

Ghaziani is seen in the video, which appears to have been shot in a commercial area, standing in front of the camera without speaking before turning around and pulling her hair back into a ponytail.

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She charged the Iranian regime with “murdering” more than 50 children in a post from last week.

Ghaziani was one of eight people who were called before prosecutors over “provocative” content uploaded on social media, said the judiciary’s Mizan Online news website.

Among them was Yahya Golmohammadi, the head coach of Tehran’s Persepolis FC, who had harshly criticised Iranian national team players for failing to “convey the voice of oppressed people to the ears of the government.”

The remark was made after the national football team met with President Ebrahim Raisi last week to discuss their participation in the World Cup, which got underway in Qatar on Sunday.

Mizan said that other notable actors, such as Mitra Hajjar and Baran Kosari, had also been called.

One of the most well-known performers from Iran still living there, Taraneh Alidoosti, shared a photo of herself on social media earlier this month sans the required headscarf.

Alidoosti swore to stay in her country at “whatever cost,” declaring that she intended to give up her job in order to help the families of those who were slain or detained during the protest crackdown.

Before the protest movement spurred by Amini’s killing began, Iranian cinema leaders were already facing criticism.

Award-winning filmmakers Mohammad Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi are still being held in custody after being detained earlier this year.

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