The Islamic Republic of Iran has been rocked by a wave of protests since the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd. She had been arrested by the morality police for having broken the strict dress code, in particular forcing women to wear the veil in public.
“Maybe this will be my last post“, wrote the actress on Saturday 19 at the end of the day. “From now on, whatever happens to me, know that as always I am with the Iranian people until my last breath“.
The video shows Hengameh Ghaziani bareheaded facing the camera without speaking, then turning around and doing a ponytail like other women do before going to protest. In recent weeks, the 52-year-old actress has strongly criticized the repression of the protest movement. She accuses the authorities of having killed children and young people during the demonstrations.
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8 personalities summoned
On Sunday 20, Iranian justice announced that it had summoned Hengameh Ghaziani as well as seven other personalities from cinema, politics and sport, for having published content “provocateurs“in support of the protest movement, according to the judicial authority agency.
Among these personalities are the coach of the football club Persepolis FC, Yahya Golmohammadi, and the reformist ex-MPs Mahmoud Sadeghi and Parvaneh Salahshouri. Yahya Golmohammadi had strongly criticized 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 President Ebrahim Raïsi.
The two former deputies openly supported the protest movement, in particular on Twitter, and denounced the use of force against the demonstrators.