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Top Iranian actress posts picture of herself without headscarf

Dubai: Iran’s top actress Taraneh Alidoosti has posted a photo of herself without a headscarf on Instagram to show support for nationwide anti-government demonstrations, another sign that the protest movement is gaining support from all walks of life.

Best known for her role in The salesmanwho won an Academy Award in 2017, the reformist artist held up a sign in the Instagram post that read “Woman, Life, Freedom” in Kurdish, a popular slogan during the demonstrations.

Protests sparked by the death of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini on September 16 following her arrest by morality police for not wearing “appropriate clothing” pose one of the biggest challenges facing Iran’s spiritual leaders since the 1979 revolution.

Alidoosti, who is not a Kurd, wrote a poem in her Instagram post. “Your last absence, the migration of singing birds, is not the end of this rebellion,” it read.

Alidoosti has posted many Instagram posts in the past that were critical of the church establishment.

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Since the protests began, at least five Iranian female actresses have posted photos of themselves without the mandatory hijab in solidarity with the demonstrations in which women have played a leading role.

Iranian officials, who have blamed Amini’s death on pre-existing medical problems, say the unrest was fueled by foreign enemies, including the United States, and accuse armed separatists of committing violence.

Iran’s spiritual leaders have accused a woman arrested by Iranian security forces on Thursday of fomenting unrest for communicating with and passing information to a London-based television broadcaster.

Fars, a semi-official news agency affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, reported that Elham Afkari had been arrested when she tried to flee the country and that she was an “agent” for Iran International’s broadcaster, whose officials could not be reached immediately. for comment. .


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