actress arrested for removing headscarf in video

The footage shows Hengameh Ghaziani bareheaded facing the camera without speaking, then turning around and doing a ponytail like other women do before going to protest.

Iranian actress Hengameh Ghaziani was arrested by security services on Sunday for removing her headscarf in public in a video in support of the protest movement sparked after the death in custody of a young woman, official media reported.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been rocked by a wave of protests since the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who was arrested by morality police for violating the strict dress code requiring women to wear the veil in particular. in public.

Hengameh Ghaziani was arrested for inciting and supporting the “riotsand communicated with opposition media, the official Irna news agency said. The actress had previously indicated that she had been summoned by the courts and then posted a video on her Instagram account in which she removed the compulsory headscarf.

Bare head and ponytail

Maybe this will be my last post“, she wrote on Saturday at the end of the day. “From now on, whatever happens to me, know that as always I am with the Iranian people until my last breath“, she added. The video, which appears to have been filmed in a shopping street, shows Hengameh Ghaziani bareheaded facing the camera without speaking, then turning around and doing a ponytail like other women do before going to protest.

In recent weeks, the 52-year-old actress has strongly criticized the crackdown on the protest movement, accusing authorities of killing children and young people during protests.

On Sunday, the Iranian justice announced that it had summoned Hengameh Ghaziani as well as seven other personalities from cinema, politics and sport, for having published content “provocateursin support of the protest movement, announced the judicial authority agency.

Criticisms of many personalities

Among these personalities are the coach of the football club Persepolis FC, Yahya Golmohammadi, and the reformist ex-MPs Mahmoud Sadeghi and Parvaneh Salahshouri. Yahya Golmohammadi had strongly criticized national team players last week for not “bring the voice of the oppressed people to the ears of the authorities“, after the meeting of the Iranian selection with President Ebrahim Raïsi.

The two former deputies openly supported the protest movement, in particular on Twitter, and denounced the use of force against the demonstrators.

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