Iran urged to free high actor who backed protests


Celebrities and rights teams referred to as on Iran on Sunday to free actor Taraneh Alidoosti, probably the most outstanding figures but arrested in its three-month crackdown on protests.

Alidoosti, 38, was arrested on Saturday, official media stated, after making a string of social media posts supporting the protest motion together with eradicating her scarf and condemning the execution of protesters.

The unrest was sparked by the September 16 demise in custody of Mahsa Amini, 22, whom the morality police accused of violating the Islamic republic’s strict gown code for ladies.

Iran blames the United States and different “enemies” for making an attempt to destabilise the nation by fuelling the demonstrations.

Other Iranian actors and outstanding figures together with footballers have been detained in reference to the protests.

Alidoosti has appreciable worldwide renown, performing in award-winning movies by director Asghar Farhadi, together with the Oscar-winning 2016 movie “The Salesman”.

She attended this 12 months’s Cannes Film Festival to advertise the film “Leila’s Brothers” by which she starred.

Fellow actor Golshifteh Farahani, calling her “the brave actress of Iran”, famous her arrest in a submit on Instagram with a photograph of her and Alidoosti collectively and the Persian hashtag “free Taraneh Alidoosti”.

Farahani now lives in exile after falling out with the authorities.

Cameron Bailey, head of the Toronto International Film Festival, referred to as Alidoosti “one of Iran’s most talented and acclaimed actors”.

“I hope she’s free to keep representing the strength of Iranian cinema soon”, Bailey wrote on Twitter.

Nazanin Boniadi, a outstanding British actor of Iranian origin, additionally backed Alidoosti on social media, saying she had been arrested for “posting a photo of herself without compulsory hijab in solidarity with the protestors.”

– ‘Power of ladies’s voices’ –

Authorities in Tehran on Sunday additionally questioned pop singer Amir Maghare.

The judiciary’s Mizan Online information web site stated the 26-year-old had “left the prosecutor’s office after providing explanations, receiving a warning and making a commitment”.

Daily sports activities newspaper Khabar Varzeshi reported Sunday that Ashkan Dejagah, 36, a former Iran nationwide soccer participant who additionally has German citizenship, has been barred from leaving the nation “after being seen in protests… in Germany”.

Dejagah, 36, joined Iranian membership Foolad earlier this 12 months after a profession in Britain and Germany.

Iran final month arrested two different outstanding actors, Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi, who expressed solidarity with the protest motion and eliminated their headscarves in public. Both have now been launched on bail.

Ghaziani was amongst a gaggle of actors who gathered exterior Evin jail in help of Alidoosti, the reformist newspaper Shargh reported.

The group additionally included movie star Mitra Hajjar, whose arrest Shargh had reported on December 3.

The New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran stated girls together with Alidoosti “are being arrested and jailed in Iran for refusing to wear forced hijabs”.

“The power of women’s voices terrify the Islamic republic’s ruler”, it added.

– ‘Any value’ –

During the road protests, banners of supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have been set alight, girls have brazenly walked down streets with out headscarves, and demonstrators have at occasions sought to problem the safety forces.

Alidoosti’s most up-to-date social media submit was on December 8, the identical day Mohsen Shekari, 23, turned the primary particular person executed by authorities over the protests.

“Your silence means the support of the oppression and the oppressor”, learn a submit on her Instagram account.

On November 9, she posted a picture of herself with no scarf, holding a paper with the primary slogan of the protests: “Woman, life, freedom”.

Images have additionally circulated on social media of Alidoosti purchasing in Tehran with no scarf.

She had vowed to not depart Iran and stated she was ready to “pay any price to stand up for my rights.”

Mizan Online stated the actor was arrested “by order of the judicial authority” as she “did not provide documentation for some of her claims” concerning the protests.

Her Instagram account with greater than eight million followers was not accessible on Sunday.

The Oslo-based monitor Iran Human Rights stated Saturday Iran’s safety forces had killed a minimum of 469 folks within the protests.

Iran’s high safety physique, the Supreme National Security Council, on December Three gave a toll of greater than 200 folks killed on the street violence, together with safety personnel.

Iranian authorities have arrested a minimum of 14,000 folks, in keeping with the United Nations.