Iranian actress arrested after removing headscarf
“Maybe this will be my last post”
A well-known Iranian woman takes off her headscarf in public. A critic of the regime was arrested shortly afterwards. Before she said it might be the last sign of life. Mullahs are increasingly cracking down on celebrities.
Prominent Iranian actress and vehement critic of the regime Hengameh Ghasiani has been arrested.
Two well-known actresses were arrested in Iran for supporting anti-government protests. Six death sentences have already been handed down in connection with the demonstrations.
Actresses Hengameh Ghasiani, 52, and Katajun Riahi, 60, were taken into custody after removing their headscarves in public, Iranian state media reported on Sunday. The 52-year-old Ghasiani, a critic of the authorities’ crackdown on the protesters, posted a video on Instagram on Saturday night in which she took off her headscarf. She then ties her long hair into a ponytail to the accompaniment of revolutionary music.
“This may be my last post,” she wrote. “Whatever happens to me, you should know that I will stand with the Iranian people until my last breath. Last week, she called the Iranian government a “child killer” and accused them of “murdering” more than 50 children.
“Voice of the Oppressed People”
According to state news agency IRNA, Ghasiani was arrested for inciting and supporting “riots” and for contacting opposition media. Riahi also showed solidarity with the protest movement. In September, she gave an interview to the London-based Iran International TV channel, during which she did not wear a headscarf.
According to the Iranian judiciary, seven other personalities from the fields of film, sports and politics were also summoned by the public prosecutor. Among them is Jahja Golmohammadi (51), coach of the Tehran football club Persepolis FC. He criticized the Iranian national team players for “not bringing the voice of the oppressed people to the authorities”.
Numerous death sentences
Meanwhile, another man was sentenced to death in connection with the protests. The Revolutionary Court in Tehran found him guilty of “pulling out a knife during the recent unrest with the intent to kill, spread terror and unsettle the society,” Iran’s judicial body said on its Misan Online website on Sunday.
It is the sixth death sentence handed down in connection with the demonstrations. Iran has been rocked by protests since the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini on September 16. A 22-year-old girl was arrested by the moral police because she was said to be wearing a headscarf incorrectly. She died shortly afterwards in hospital. Activists accuse the police of abusing Amini.
Iranian authorities describe most of the protesters as “rioters” who are exploited by foreign powers and crack down on protests brutally. (SDA/case)