Iranian authorities have arrested one of the country’s most popular actresses on charges of spreading false information about nationwide protests that are spreading across the country, state media reported. know.
IRNA reports that Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-winning film The Salesman, has been detained a week after she posted an Instagram post expressing solidarity with the first man to be executed near here for the crimes allegedly committed during the nationwide protests.
IRNA also said a number of other Iranian celebrities have been “subpoenaed by the judiciary for publishing provocative content”.
It did not say how many or provide further details.
According to reports published on the official Telegram channel of state media, Alidoosti was arrested because she did not provide “any documents matching her request”.
In her post, the 38-year-old actress said: “His name is Mohsen Shekari. Every international organization that is watching this bloodshed without taking action is an affront to humanity.”
Shekari was executed on December 9 after being accused by an Iranian court of blocking a road in Tehran and attacking a member of the country’s security forces with a machete.
Last week, Iran executed a second prisoner, Majidreza Rahnavard, in connection with the protests.
Rahnavard’s body was hung from a construction crane as a grisly warning to others.
Iranian authorities accused Rahnavard of stabbing two members of the country’s paramilitary forces.
Both men were executed less than a month after they were charged, underscoring the speed with which Iran now carries out death sentences for alleged crimes related to the protests.
Activists say at least a dozen people have been sentenced to death during closed-door hearings.
Alidoosti has made at least three posts on his Instagram account expressing solidarity with the protesters since protests broke out in September.
Her account was suspended on Sunday.
Iran has been rocked by protests since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, September 16, who died after being detained by ethics police.
Since then, the protests have become one of the most serious challenges to Iran’s theocracy installed by the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Alidoosti has previously criticized the Iranian government and its police force.
In June 2020, she was given a 5-month suspended prison sentence after she criticized police on Twitter in 2018 for assaulting a woman who had removed her hijab.
Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi, two other famous actresses in Iran, were arrested by authorities for expressing solidarity with protesters on social media.
Both have been released.
At least 495 people have been killed in protests amid harsh security crackdowns, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group that has watched the protests since they began.
More than 18,200 people have been detained by the authorities.
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