Taraneh Alidoosti, Iranian actress, arrested

Taraneh Alidoosti, a prominent Iranian actress, was arrested by local authorities on Saturday after posting messages on social media expressing solidarity with the anti-government protests that have rocked Iran for nearly three months.

Woman. Alidoosti, 38, was arrested in connection with what state news media described as “unsubstantiated comments on recent events” and “the publication of provocative material”.

It is one of the most high-profile arrests made by the Iranian authorities in an effort to crack down on a women-led insurgency that began in September. The protests were sparked by the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, who was in vice custody on charges of breaking compulsory hijab rules. Iran has been internationally condemned for its violent response to the demonstrations.

In recent weeks, Mrs. Alidoosti, whose credits include Oscar-winning The Salesman, has attracted attention after posting a photo of herself without a hijab while holding a sign expressing her support signaled for protesters demanding an end to authoritarian clerical rule in Iran.

This month, after the Iranian government announced it had hanged Mohsen Shekari, a 23-year-old prisoner who was arrested during protests that swept the country, Ms. Alidoosti said urged people to stand up to express.

“Your silence means supporting oppression and oppressors,” she wrote.

Credit…Taraneh Alidoosti, via Instagram, via Reuters

As of Sunday, Mrs. Alidoosti’s Instagram account has apparently been removed from the platform and here the twitter account seemed to be suspended. The last posts were no longer visible here.

In a brief Telegram post detailing Ms. Alidoosti’s arrest, state-run Islamic Republic News Agency said. Alidoosti “did not provide documentation” for some of her “claims”. According to the Telegram post, she was arrested “by order of the judicial authority”.

The state news report also said that “a number of celebrities” made comments similar to Ms Alidoosti’s “support for previous street riots”. The Telegram article said some of them had been arrested, but did not name anyone other than Ms. Alidoosti.

This is not the first time that Mrs. Alidoosti has taken a political stance. When The Salesman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2016, Ms. Alidoosti said she would boycott the ceremony to protest then-President Trump’s travel ban on citizens of seven countries, five of which were predominantly Muslim .

The film won this award.

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