Dozens of Iranian actresses gather without headscarves in support of protests
A group of a dozen Iranian actresses gathered in Iran without wearing the veil, to express their support for the protests in the country, according to a video posted on social networks.
The rally is the latest action by artists mobilizing since the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who died after being arrested by vice squad for having allegedly ' after this one violates the strict dress code in the Islamic Republic.
This code requires women to wear the veil in public.
The short video shows director and actress Soheila Golestani walking through a park with her head bare, stopping at the foot of a staircase and staring at the camera. She is joined by eight other women and four men, who strike the same pose, without saying a word.
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The exact location and date of the gathering could not be established by AFP.
The actress posted the video to her Instagram account late Sunday, writing: “the performance is over and the truth was unveiled. Our real heroes are the anonymous.”
The video was also posted by director Hamid Pourazari, present in the park, where all those posing are actors according to the Iran Wire news site, based in London.
Since the beginning of the protest movement, several Iranian artists have defied the authorities, in particular by removing the veil.
This is particularly the case of actress Taraneh Alidoosti, who has affirmed her desire to remain at all costs” in his country.
Taraneh Alidoosti is an Iranian superstar, she shared her photo without a headscarf for the first time ever! I bet it seems surreal to people outside Iran that this act can lead to the craziest punishment for her. The sign says: Woman, Life, Liberty ❤️#superstar ✨ #MahsaAmini pic.twitter.com/rxef79jGYN
— Samira Rahimi (@samirarahimee) November 10, 2022
Two other famous actresses, Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi, have been arrested for supporting the protest movement, which authorities say is encouraged by the West. The first, arrested on November 20, was released on bail on Sunday, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA.
Iranian actress Hengameh Ghaziani who criticized Iran's violent state crackdown on protests has been reportedly arrested. Ghaziani was arrested hours after publishing a video where she appeared without the mandatory hijab. #mahsaAmini #هنگامه_قاضیانی pic.twitter.com/yMzdIy81II
— Golnaz Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari) November 20, 2022
Other imprisoned cinema figures include directors Mohammad Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi, arrested before the start of the protest movement.