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.”
Famous Iranian actress Hengameh Ghaziani has been arrested, state media said.
She'd earlier removed her hijab and said, "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." pic.twitter.com/tSVhUamsna
— Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) November 20, 2022
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.
— Ali Hamedani (@BBCHamedani) November 20, 2022
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.