actress arrested for removing her veil in a video

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

Iranian actress Hengameh Ghaziani was arrested by security services on Sunday for removing her veil 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 after the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman arrested by the morality police for violating the strict dress code it imposes on women to wear the particular veil. in public.

Hengameh Ghaziani was arrested for instigating and supporting the “Riotsand communicated with opposition media, the official Irna news agency said. She the actress had previously indicated she was summoned by the courts and then posted a video on her Instagram account of her taking off the mandatory headscarf.

Bare head and ponytail

Maybe this will be my last post“, he wrote on Saturday at the end of the day. “From now on, whatever happens to me, know that as always I will be with the people of Iran until my last breathshe added. The video, which appears to have been shot on a shopping street, shows Hengameh Ghaziani bareheaded on camera not speaking, then turning and doing a ponytail like other women do before going off to protest .

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

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

Criticisms of many personalities

Among these personalities are the coach of football club Persepolis FC, Yahya Golmohammadi, and former reformist MPs Mahmoud Sadeghi and Parvaneh Salahshouri. Yahya Golmohammadi had strongly criticized the 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 the president Ebrahim Raïsi.

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

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