Two Iranian actresses arrested as authorities ramp up crackdown on anti-regime protesters



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Two well-known Iranian actresses have been arrested by safety forces after they confirmed assist for the protest motion gripping the nation, as authorities intensify their crackdown on dissidents.

Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi have been arrested on separate events for publicly backing the nationwide protests, based on the semi-official Tasnim Information Company.

Since September, the nation has seen widespread demonstrations, triggered by the dying of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini whereas within the custody of Iran’s morality police. Amini, a Kurdish Iranian lady, died after being detained for allegedly for not carrying her hijab correctly.

Riahi was arrested by Iranian safety forces on Sunday, Tasnim Information Company reported. The actress, who is understood for her roles in tv sequence “Joseph the Prophet” and “the Tenth Night,” in addition to movies reminiscent of “The Last Supper,” had posted a video of herself and not using a scarf to her Instagram account on September 18 – two days after Amini’s dying.

In a separate incident, Ghaziani, who is understood in Iran for her appearances in movies reminiscent of “As Simple as That” and “Days of Life,” posted a video on her Instagram account Saturday which confirmed the Iranian actress in public and not using a scarf, tying up her free hair in a ponytail.

“This might be my last post. From this moment on, if anything happens to me, know that I will always be with the people of Iran until my last breath,” she mentioned within the caption.

Ghaziani was arrested by safety forces in possession of a court docket order simply sooner or later after the video was posted, based on Tasnim Information Company.

She was then delivered to the prosecutor’s workplace and charged with performing towards Iranian safety and interesting in propaganda actions directed towards the Iranian regime, based on the state affiliated Fars Information Company.

On Sunday, Iran’s judiciary mentioned it had sentenced to dying a sixth individual accused of collaborating in current protests, based on Tasnim Information Company.

Citing the Iranian judiciary, the company mentioned a demonstrator who blocked site visitors throughout a current protest on Tehran’s Sattar Khan Avenue and clashed with members of the Basij militia was given the dying penalty.

All dying sentences issued are “preliminary and can be appealed” in Iran’s Court docket of Enchantment, Tasnim added.

No less than 378 individuals have been killed by Iranian safety forces in complete, together with 47 kids killed within the nation since September, based on Iran Human Rights on Saturday

CNN can not independently confirm the dying toll – a exact determine is unimaginable for anybody exterior the Iranian authorities to verify – and totally different estimates have been given by opposition teams, worldwide rights organizations and native journalists.

4 of Iran’s Kurdish cities have seen notably intense clashes in current days, with 13 individuals killed over the previous 24-hours, activist Azhin Shekhi from the Norway-based Hengaw Group for Human Rights advised CNN on Monday.

Casualties have been recorded in Kermanshah Province, West Azerbaijan Province and Kurdistan Province – the place the vast majority of Iran’s Kurdish inhabitants reside – based on Hengaw.

The dying toll since Tuesday final week has risen to 41 individuals killed in Kurdish cities, Shekhi added.

Amini's death shed a spotlight on the historic grievances of Iranian Kurdish minorities in Iran.

An Iranian MP representing Mahabad, which was the capital of a short-lived Kurdish breakaway republic in northwest Iran in 1946, mentioned that a minimum of 11 individuals had been killed within the metropolis alone.

Jalal Mahmoodzadeh was quoted in a reformist media outlet, saying it’s unclear if the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – Iran’s elite navy wing – have been a part of safety forces cracking down in Mahabad, however has written a letter to prime navy officers asking them to de-escalate the scenario.

The IRGC launched a press release Sunday saying they have been “strengthening forces” at a base within the northwest of Iran to cope with “terrorists and separatists,” a press release revealed by state-aligned information shops mentioned.

The reported dying toll adopted feedback from Hengaw to CNN on the weekend that regime forces’ “brutality” had “significantly increased” towards protesters in the previous few days.