Iranian Actress Taraneh Alidoosti Arrested for Supporting Anti-Government Protests, 19,250 Arrests and 516 Deaths Reported

Month, iranian actress taraneh alidoosti was arrested in tehran’s evin prison and released on bail. she had been accused of posting inflammatory content on social media in support of the anti-government protesters. two other actresses, hengameh ghaziani and katayoun riahi, were also arrested in november for their support of the protests, but have since been released on bail. in response to the protests, 516 protesters have been killed and 19,250 arrested, with security personnel also dying. two protesters were executed last month after being found guilty of the national security charge of “enmity against god”, which was condemned by human rights groups as a gross miscarriage of justice.

Protests began in november in response to the death in custody of mahsa amini, a 22-year-old woman detained by morality police for allegedly wearing her hijab “improperly”. alidoosti posted a picture of her without a headscarf and a condemnation of the first execution of a protester, before pausing her career to support the families of protesters killed in the crackdown. french satirical magazine charlie hebdo also published a series of cartoons mocking supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei.

Supreme court upheld death sentences for two men convicted of “corruption on earth” over the alleged killing of a paramilitary member in karaj in november. the court rejected the appeals of mohammad mehdi karami and seyed mohammad hosseini, who had both alleged that they were tortured into making false confessions. retrials were ordered for three co-defendants sentenced to death in the same case, including hamid ghare-hasanlou. authorities have characterized the protests as foreign-backed “riots” and responded with lethal force. alidoosti is one of iran’s most successful actresses, having starred in the salesman, which won an academy award in 2016 for best international feature film.

By Evey Lovelace

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