Taraneh Alidoosti: Iranian actress posts photo without hijab in support of anti-government protests




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A-list Iranian actor Taraneh Alidoosti posted a photo of herself on Instagram without the mandatory hijab to show her support for the ongoing anti-government protests that began in Iran nearly two months ago.

In the photo, Alidoosti holds a placard that reads “Women, Life, Freedom” in Kurdish, a popular slogan that has been used in the largely female-led protests.

“Your last absence, the songbird migration, is not the end of this rebellion,” Alidoosti wrote in his Instagram post.

The actor, who starred in the Oscar-winning film ‘The Salesman’, has previously shared a number of social media posts critical of the regime and has been a public supporter of the protests. She is also known as an advocate for women’s rights in Iran.

Earlier this week, Alidoosti vowed in another Instagram post to stay in his homeland, saying, “It’s me who stays, and I have no intention of leaving at all.”

“I will stand with the families of the prisoners and the murdered, and I will demand their rights,” says Alidoosti in this Instagram post.

“I will fight for my home. I will pay any price to defend my rights,” she adds.

Alidoosti is one of many Iranian actresses to have taken off their compulsory hijab in protest against the clerical establishment.

On Wednesday, Iranian actors Donya Madani and Khazar Massoumi also posted photos of themselves on Instagram without headscarves.

The Islamic Republic is facing one of its largest and most unprecedented displays of dissent after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman detained by vice squads allegedly for not wearing her hijab properly.

Since his death on September 16, protesters across Iran have coalesced around a series of grievances with the regime. Meanwhile, Iranian authorities have intensified their efforts to end the uprising.

About 1,000 people have been charged in Tehran province for their alleged involvement in the protests, the official IRNA news agency reported.

A total of 14,000 people have been arrested across the country, including journalists, activists, lawyers and educators. Among them is dissident Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who faces charges of crimes carrying the death penalty, according to Iranian state media.

The “relentless violent response of the security forces” resulted in the deaths of at least 277 people, said Javaid Rehman, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in an address to the UN Security Council on Wednesday, a figure backed up by reports from human rights groups.


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