Iran Releases ‘The Salesman’ Star Taraneh Alidoosti, Who Was Held Over Protests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran launched a distinguished actress from an Oscar-winning movie on Wednesday, practically three weeks after she was jailed for criticizing a crackdown on anti-government protests, native stories stated.

Iran’s semi-official ISNA information company stated Taraneh Alidoosti, the 38-year-old star of Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning “The Salesman,” was launched on bail. Her mom, Nadere Hakimelahi, had earlier stated she could be launched in a submit on Instagram.

After her launch from the infamous Evin Jail in Tehran on Wednesday, Alidoosti posed with flowers amongst her mates. No additional particulars have been launched about her case.

Alidoosti was amongst a number of Iranian celebrities to specific help for the nationwide protests and criticize the authorities’ violent clampdown on dissent. She had posted no less than three messages in help of the protests on Instagram earlier than her account was disabled.

One message had expressed solidarity with the primary man to be executed on expenses linked to the protests, which had been triggered by the dying of a girl in police custody and have escalated into widespread requires the overthrow of Iran’s ruling clerics.

Iranian distinguished actress Taraneh Alidoosti, middle, holds bunches of flowers as she poses for a photograph amongst her mates after being launched from Evin jail in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 4, 2023.

Gisoo Faghfouri, Sharghdaily, through AP

The protests mark one of many greatest challenges to the Islamic Republic because it was established after the 1979 revolution. Safety forces have used stay ammunition, chook shot, tear fuel and batons to disperse protesters, in line with rights teams.

Mohsen Shekari was executed Dec. 9 after being charged by an Iranian courtroom with blocking a road in Tehran and attacking a member of the nation’s safety forces with a machete. Per week later, Iran executed a second prisoner, Majidreza Rahnavard, by public hanging. He had been accused of stabbing two members of the paramilitary Basij militia, which is main the crackdown.

Activists say no less than a dozen individuals have been sentenced to dying in closed-door hearings over expenses linked to the protests.

″His identify was Mohsen Shekari,” Alidoosti wrote on an account with some 8 million followers earlier than her arrest. “Every international organization who is watching this bloodshed and not taking action, is a disgrace to humanity.”

No less than 516 protesters have been killed and over 19,000 individuals have been arrested, in line with Human Rights Activists in Iran, a gaggle that has carefully monitored the unrest. Iranian authorities haven’t supplied an official rely of these killed or detained.

Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi, two different well-known Iranian actresses, had been arrested in November for expressing solidarity with protesters on social media. Voria Ghafouri, an Iranian soccer star, was additionally arrested that month for ’’insulting the nationwide soccer staff and propagandizing in opposition to the federal government.” All three have been launched.

The protests started in mid-September, when 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died after being arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s strict costume code. Ladies have performed a number one function within the protests, with many publicly stripping off the obligatory Islamic headband, often known as the hijab.

The protesters say they’re fed up after many years of political and social repression. One of many most important slogans has been “Death to the dictator,” referring to Iran’s 83-year-old Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has held the nation’s highest workplace for greater than three many years.

Iranian officers blame the protests on the U.S. and different international powers. State-linked media have highlighted assaults on safety forces, whereas authorities have imposed heavy restrictions on protection of the demonstrations, together with periodically chopping off web entry.

Khamenei, who has stated little concerning the protests, spoke about Islamic costume on Wednesday in a gathering with ladies, saying the hijab is important however that those that don’t “completely observe” the observe “should not be accused of being non-religious or against the revolution.”

Even earlier than the protests, many Iranian ladies wore the headband loosely, and authorities generally eased off on implementing it, particulary throughout the presidency of Hassan Rouhani, a relative reasonable who ruled from 2013 to 2021. His successor, the hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi, had moved to tighten the restrictions.

Alidoosti had beforehand criticised the Iranian authorities and its police pressure earlier than this yr’s protests.

In June 2020, she was given a suspended five-month jail sentence after she criticized the police on Twitter in 2018 for assaulting a girl who had eliminated her headband.

Different well-known films Alidoosti has starred in embody “The Beautiful City” and “About Elly.”