Iran arrests the Oscar-winning actress after social media posts criticized the regime

Iranian authorities have arrested a prominent actress in connection with the protests that erupted across the country following the death of Mohsa Amini.

Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-winning film “The Salesman,” was arrested a week after she made a post on Instagram expressing solidarity with the recently executed first man for crimes allegedly committed during the protests, the state-owned IRNA report said.

According to the report, which was posted on the state media’s official Telegram channel, Alidoosti was arrested because she had not submitted “any documents consistent with her allegations”.

The 38-year-old actress said in a post: His name is Mohsen Shakari. Every international organization watching this bloodshed and not taking any action is a disgrace to humanity.”

The Iranian government’s protest repression has killed dozens of children, and demands their removal from the United Nations

Actress Taraneh Aliduosti during a photocall for the movie “Forushande” (The Salesman) at the 69th International Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.
(AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)

It’s been a year Executed earlier this month After being accused by an Iranian court of crossing a street in Tehran and attacking a member of the country’s security forces with a machete.

Fellow activists alleged that he was convicted after a “show trial” lacking due process.

Iran carried out a second detention over a protest against theocracy

Taraneh Alidoosti poses for photographers as she arrives at a movie premiere

Taraneh Alidoosti poses for photographers as she arrives at the premiere of “The Laila Brothers” at the 75th International Film Festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Daniel Cole, file)

In November, authorities arrested Hengameh Ghaziani and Katyon Riahi, two popular Iranian actresses, for expressing solidarity with protesters on social media. Foria Ghafouri, an Iranian soccer player, was arrested last month for “insulting the national soccer team and propaganda against the government.” All three have been released.

Since September, Alidoosti has publicly expressed his solidarity with the protesters in at least three Instagram posts. Her account, which had about 8 million followers, was suspended.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2022, PHOTOGRAPH BY SOMEONE NOT WORKED FOR THE AP AND OBTAINED BY THE AP. Outside Iran, demonstrators set fires and block the street during a protest over the death of a woman detained by the morality police, in downtown Tehran, Iran.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2022, PHOTOGRAPH BY SOMEONE NOT WORKED FOR THE AP AND OBTAINED BY THE AP. Outside Iran, demonstrators set fires and block the street during a protest over the death of a woman detained by the morality police, in downtown Tehran, Iran.
(AP photo, file)

Alidoosti had earlier criticized the Iranian government and its police forces before this year’s protests.

In June 2020, she was given a five-month suspended prison sentence after she criticized police on Twitter in 2018 for assaulting a woman who had removed her headscarf.

Protesters in Iran have They took to the streets For months, she often clashed with Iranian security forces, following the death of 22-year-old Mohsa Amini who died in police custody after being arrested for not wearing a headscarf properly, which is required by Iran’s Islamic government.

Iran has aggressively prosecuted protesters amid what has become the biggest opposition to the Islamic regime in decades, with courts in and around the capital, Tehran, sentencing 400 people to prison terms of up to 10 years in the crackdown.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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