Iranian actresses arrested for not carrying hijabs in public

Iran has arrested two high-profile actresses for not carrying hijabs in public as an illustration amid ongoing protests, in line with a number of stories citing state media.

For his or her protests, award-winning actresses Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi had been arrested on suspicion of “collusion with the intention of acting against the state security” and “propaganda against the state,” the New York Instances reported. The article cited IRNA, Iran’s state-run information company.

Ghaziani, 52, on Sunday posted a video to her Instagram the place she stands on a public sidewalk with out a headband — which is required for girls in Iran. She then faces the digicam earlier than turning round to place her hair up right into a ponytail.

“Maybe this will be my last post,” she wrote. “From this moment on, whatever happens to me, know that as always, I am with Iranian people until my last breath.”

Each she and Riahi, 60, have written posts on social media that had been essential of the federal government’s violent response to protests which have erupted within the nation because the September loss of life of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old who was detained by the nation’s morality police for not carrying her hijab in accordance with authorities requirements and died in custody a number of days later.

“Do you not see what is happening to Iranian children and youth?” Riahi shared in a publish by her nonprofit Komak Charity Basis. “Know they are being beaten, interrogated and tortured in their schools.”

In Ghaziani’s video, she included a portrait painted by Saba Soleymani of 9-year-old Kian Pirfalak, whose household says he was killed by state safety forces and is believed to be the youngest to die amid the continued crackdown of protesters.

Iranian courts have already sentenced not less than 5 protesters to loss of life for collaborating in demonstrations. Critics have referred to as the trials unfair, given an obvious lack of authorized illustration, in line with the BBC.

As of early November, not less than 328 folks have been killed and 14,825 others arrested within the unrest, in line with Human Rights Activists in Iran, a bunch that has been monitoring the 2 months of protests.

Whilst Iranian officers tighten their grip on those that voice dissent, members of Iran’s nationwide soccer workforce on Monday stood silent throughout their nationwide anthem earlier than their World Cup match towards England. Gamers had their arms throughout each other’s shoulders, and didn’t sing the track. Loud booing could possibly be heard through the anthem from the big group of the workforce’s supporters at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, a few of whom held indicators studying “Women, Life and Freedom.”

Iran’s captain, Ehsan Hajsafi had mentioned a day previous to the match that “we have to accept that the conditions in our country are not right and our people are not happy.”