Popular Iranian actresses arrested for supporting anti-government protests


Two award-winning Iranian actresses have been arrested for publicly supporting mass anti-government protests.

According to Iran International, both Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi were arrested on orders from Tehran prosecutors. 

The arrests took place one day after each posted a video in public without the mandatory hijab and the punishment may be a death sentence.

Ghaziani wrote “this might be my last (Instagram) post. From this moment on, whatever happens to me, know that as always, I am with Iranian people until my last breath.”

Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi are accused of collusion and acting against Iran’s authorities, according to state-run media. Both women appeared in public without their headscarves which is a gesture of solidarity with the demonstrators.

The strict religious judiciary panel has summoned at least four other high-profile actresses to appear before them. The Prosecutors point to the actress’s social media to prove they support the current anti-government protests in Iran.