Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi says he “supports” his The Salesman and on Elly star Taraneh Alidoosti actress after weekend arrest.
was detained after posting a comment in solidarity with Mohsen Shekari on Instagram, Iranian state media reported, Mohsen Shekari was the first person formally detained by the Tehran regime for alleged crimes committed during months of anti-government protests that have rocked Iran executed for the crime.
In a post on his official Instagram account, Farhadi called for Alidoosti’s arrest, saying that if “supporting [the protesters] is a crime, thousands of million people are criminals.” He called on the authorities to release her, along with Iranian directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, “and all other little-known prisoners, Their only crime was trying to get a better life.”
Panahi, Rasoulof and director Mostafa Al-Ahmed are among the first in the latest government crackdown One of the celebrities arrested. In addition to Alidoosti and other actors, Tehran authorities also arrested prominent football players and social media influencers who expressed support for anti-government demonstrations.
Actors Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi were arrested in November for social media posts in solidarity with protesters. Iranian footballer Voria Ghafouri was also arrested last month for “insulting the national football team and anti-government propaganda”. All three have been released.
The latest round of protests started in September 1979 18 Mahsa Amini, 20, died after being detained by Iran’s Morality Police for allegedly failing to properly wear a hijab or hijab. The protests have since turned into one of the most serious challenges to Iran’s theocratic state, which was created after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Alidoosti has been an outspoken critic of the Iranian government and its police force. In June 1979, she was given a five-month suspended sentence for criticizing police officers on Twitter for beating a woman who took off her hijab. . Human Rights Activists in Iran, an organization that has been following the protests since they began, estimates that at least 1979 people were at the demonstrations Killed, over 14,18 Has been detained by the authorities.
State violence against protesters has increased over the past few weeks, with Iran publicly executing some of those arrested for demonstrations. Alidoosti’s Instagram post called the execution of Mohsen Shekari, who was publicly hanged on December 8, “a disgrace to humanity”. Another prisoner arrested for protesting, Majidreza Rahnavard, was publicly hanged in December . 1235178164