Authorities in Iran has arrested a famous actress in connection with the protests that broke out across the country after the death of Mahsa Amini.
This was reported by the state agency IRNA, Tarane Aliduasti, the star of the series Oscar-winning film The “salesman” was detained a week after she made an Instagram post in which she expressed solidarity with the first person recently executed for crimes allegedly committed during the protests.
According to a report published on the state media’s official Telegram channel, Alidosti was arrested for failing to provide “any documents that meet her requirements.”
In her post, the 38-year-old actress said, “His name was Mohsen Shekari. Every international organization that watches this bloodshed and fails to act is a disgrace to humanity.”
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Shekari was performed earlier this month after an Iranian court charged him with blocking a street in Tehran and attacking a member of the country’s security forces with a machete.
Fellow activists claimed he was convicted after a “show trial” that lacked due process.
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In November, Hengame Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi, two other prominent Iranian actresses, were arrested by the authorities for expressing solidarity with the protesters on social media. Voria Ghafuri, an Iranian football playerwas also arrested last month for “insulting the national football team and propagating against the government.” All three were released.
Alidosti has openly expressed his solidarity with the protesters in at least three Instagram posts since September. Her account, which had about 8 million followers, was suspended.
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Alidusti previously criticized Iran’s government and its police ahead of this year’s protests.
In June 2020, she was rejected five months of imprisonment after she criticized the police on Twitter in 2018 for attacking a woman who had removed her headscarf.
Protesters in Iran have brought out into the street for months, often clashing with Iranian security forces, following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after being arrested for improperly wearing the headscarf required by Iran’s Islamic government.
Iran has aggressively cracked down on protesters amid what has been the Islamist regime’s biggest push back in decades, with courts in and around the capital Tehran sentencing 400 people to up to 10 years in prison.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.