Leading Iranian actor Taraneh Alidusti has posted a photo of himself without the mandatory hijab on Instagram to show support for the ongoing anti-government protests that began in Iran nearly two months ago. .
In the photo, Alidosti holds a sign that reads “Women, Life, Freedom” in Kurdish. It’s a popular slogan that has been used in demonstrations, mostly led by women.
“Your final absence, chirping bird migration, is not the end of this rebellion,” Alidosti wrote in an Instagram post.
The actor, who starred in the Academy Award-winning film The Salesman, has previously shared many social media posts critical of the regime and has been a public supporter of the demonstrations. She is also known as an advocate for women’s rights in Iran.
Earlier this week, Alidosti pledged to stay in his hometown, saying in another Instagram post, “I am the one to stay and I have absolutely no intention of leaving.”
“I support the families of the prisoners and the murdered and demand their rights,” says Aridosti. Instagram post.
“I fight for my home. I will pay any price to defend my rights,” she added.
Alidusti is one of several Iranian female actors who have taken off the mandatory hijab to protest their clerical status.
On Wednesday, Iranian actors Donya Madani and Khazar Massoumi also posted a photo of themselves without a headscarf on Instagram.
The Islamic Republic is facing one of the biggest and unprecedented protests following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman detained by moral police for not wearing her hijab properly.
Since her death on Sept. 16, protesters across Iran have united in a range of grievances against the regime. Meanwhile, Iranian authorities are stepping up efforts to end the uprising.
State news agency IRNA reported that around 1,000 people had been charged in Tehran province for allegedly participating in the protests.
A total of 14,000 people have been arrested across the country, including journalists, activists, lawyers and educators. Among them is dissident Iranian rap artist Toomaj Salehi, who is facing criminal charges punishable by death, according to Iranian state media.
At least 277 deaths have been reported in the “undiminished violent response of the security forces”, Javaid Rehman, the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. said in a speech to Figures backed up by reports from human rights groups.