Iranian actresses arrested for not sporting hijabs in public

Iran has arrested two high-profile actresses for not sporting hijabs in public as an illustration amid ongoing protests, in response to a number of reviews citing state media.

For his or her protests, award-winning actresses Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi have been arrested on suspicion of “collusion with the intention of appearing in opposition to the state safety” and “propaganda in opposition to the state,” the New York Occasions reported. The article cited IRNA, Iran’s state-run information company.

Ghaziani, 52, on Sunday posted a video to her Instagram the place she stands on a public sidewalk with out a headband — which is required for ladies in Iran. She then faces the digicam earlier than turning round to place her hair up right into a ponytail.

“Perhaps this can be my final publish,” she wrote. “From this second on, no matter occurs to me, know that as at all times, I’m with Iranian folks till my final breath.”

Each she and Riahi, 60, have written posts on social media that have been important of the federal government’s violent response to protests which have erupted within the nation because the September loss of life of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old who was detained by the nation’s morality police for not sporting her hijab in accordance with authorities requirements and died in custody a number of days later.

“Do you not see what is going on to Iranian kids and youth?” Riahi shared in a publish by her nonprofit Komak Charity Basis. “Know they’re being overwhelmed, interrogated and tortured of their faculties.”

In Ghaziani’s video, she included a portrait painted by Saba Soleymani of 9-year-old Kian Pirfalak, whose household says he was killed by state safety forces and is believed to be the youngest to die amid the continuing crackdown of protesters.

Iranian courts have already sentenced a minimum of 5 protesters to loss of life for collaborating in demonstrations. Critics have known as the trials unfair, given an obvious lack of authorized illustration, in response to the BBC.

As of early November, a minimum of 328 folks have been killed and 14,825 others arrested within the unrest, in response to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a gaggle that has been monitoring the 2 months of protests.

Whilst Iranian officers tighten their grip on those that voice dissent, members of Iran’s nationwide soccer group on Monday stood silent throughout their nationwide anthem earlier than their World Cup match in opposition to England. Gamers had their arms throughout each other’s shoulders, and didn’t sing the music. Loud booing could possibly be heard throughout the anthem from the massive group of the group’s supporters at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, a few of whom held indicators studying “Girls, Life and Freedom.”

Iran’s captain, Ehsan Hajsafi had stated a day previous to the match that “we’ve got to just accept that the situations in our nation will not be proper and our individuals are not glad.”