The brutal Iranian regime has arrested one of the country’s best known actresses, Taraneh Alidoosti, in connection with the anti-regime protests that have gripped the nation since the murder of murder of 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini from injuries sustained at the hands of regime thugs. Amini was arrested for the “improper” wearing of a hijab.
Since her murder, Iran has been engulfed in massive protests against the government.
Iranian News Wire shared the details last week of 28 Iranians who have been sentenced to death for participating in the protests.
Alidoosti was allegedly detained on charges of “spreading falsehoods” about the protests. Specifically, Alidoosti shared a post on social media, without the required hijab, brining attention to the execution of activist Mohsen Shekari by the regime.
“His name was Mohsen Shekari. Every international organization who is watching this bloodshed and not taking action, is a disgrace to humanity.”
In her post, the 38-year-old took aim at some international organisations for not speaking out against the execution of Mohsen Shekari.
He was hanged by authorities after they accused him of being a “rioter” who blocked a main road in Tehran in September and wounded a member of a paramilitary force with a machete.
“His name was Mohsen Shekari. Every international organisation who is watching this bloodshed and not taking action, is a disgrace to humanity,” she wrote.
According to a post on the state news agency IRNA’s Telegram account, she was arrested by police for failing to provide “any documents in line with her claims.”
Her Instagram account, which has more than eight million followers, was recently taken down.
The 38-year-old is one of Iran’s most successful actresses. She starred in The Salesman, which won an Academy Award in 2016 for the Best International Feature Film.
But since the outbreak of the protest movement she became a vocal critic of the Iranian government’s attempts to clamp down on the nationwide unrest, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody in September.
In November, she attracted attention after posting an image of herself on Instagram without a headscarf to signal solidarity with the demonstrations.
Award-winning Iranian actress #TaranehAlidoosti has been arrested in Tehran.
She has peacefully raised her voice to #StopExecutionsInIran and posted a photo of herself without the forced-hijab in support of the country’s “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement.#ترانه_علیدوستی pic.twitter.com/cWb8EAO6OR
— IranHumanRights.org (@ICHRI) December 17, 2022