Iranian celebrities no longer shut up and defy the regime with their support for the protests

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The protests began after the death of the 22-year-old Kurdish girl Mahsa Amini, but have evolved and now the protesters, especially young people, are calling for an end of the Islamic Republic founded by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979

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The Iranian celebrities are no longer silent and defy the regime with their support for the protests

Photo of one of the many protests in Iran. (AP Photo)

Musicians, soccer players and actresses have been detained in Iran for supporting the protests that are rocking the country, but this has not prevented other public figures from taking the risk raising their voices in favor of the mobilizations in which more freedom is requested.

Also without raising their voices, as the Iranian soccer players did yesterday when they did not sing the anthem of their country before partyQatar 2022 World Cup against England, who lost 6-2.

The gesture has been considered a protest due to the strong harshness with which the Iranian government is repressing the mobilizations that began in mid-September due to the death of Mahsa Amini, after being arrested for not wearing the Islamic veil properly.

The protests began over the death of the 22-year-old Kurdish girl, but have evolved and now the protesters, especially young people, call for the end of the Islamic Republic founded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979.< /p>

Iranian celebrities are no longer silent and defying the regime with their support for the protests

Fire and smoke are seen in Fuladshahr, Isfahan province, Iran, in this still image obtained from social media video posted on November 17, 2022 obtained by REUTERS.

Numerous famous people or celebrities have shown their support for the demonstrations shouting “woman, life, freedom”, to the discontent of the authorities who fear their ability to influence, amplify messages or mobilize the population.

SOCCER PLAYERS

Among these celebrities, footballers stand out, who have been discovered as unexpected “rebels”.

Their involvement dates back to the beginning of the protests, as seen during the Iran-Senegal game on September 27, when Iranian players listened to the anthem wearing black jackets covering the national emblem.

One of the latest cases was that of former player Ali Daei, who announced that he had declined an invitation to go to Qatar as a show of solidarity with the families who have lost loved ones.

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Given this situation, the Iranian Football Federation warned before the World Cup that it would punish players who make gestures of a political nature, which did not prevent the soccer players will not sing the anthem.

The consequences of this act remain to be seen and in principle we will have to wait for their return to Iran.

That was the case of the climber Elnaz Rekabi, who competed in Seoul without a veil, perhaps the most notorious case of support by an athlete for the protests.

The climber later assured that the lack of the veil was due to an oversight, but this did not prevent hundreds of people from receiving her at the Tehran airport shouting “champion”.

Iranian celebrities are no longer silent and defy the regime with their support for the protests

Iranian athlete Elnaz Rekabi climbed without her nation's mandatory headscarf, authorities said. Farsi-language media outside Iran warned that Iranian officials may have forced her to leave early and that she could face arrest in her own country, which Tehran was quick to deny. (Rhea Khang/International Sport Climbing Federation via AP)

CULTURE

But not only soccer players have supported the demonstrations in which they have died at least 342 people, according to the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights.

One day before the silence of the soccer players of the national team, the actresses Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi were arrested for removing their veils, which has cost them the accusation of “collusion with the intention of acting against national security” and “propaganda against the State”.

Thousands of women have stopped wearing the headscarf on the streets of Tehran in the last two months, in a gesture of defiance unheard of and unthinkable against the Islamic Republic only a few years ago. a few weeks.

But Ghaziani and Riahi are two respected public figures who, by posing uncovered, give visibility to the protests.

Iranian celebrities are no longer silent and defy the regime with their support for the protests

Taraneh Alidoosti, Donya Madani, Khazar Masoumi and Mina Akbari pose with their hair uncovered to express their support for anti-government protests across the country. Taraneh Alidoosti via Instagram/Donya Madani via Instagram/Khazar Masoumi via Instagram/Mina Akbari via Instagram/via REUTERS

Ghaziani posted a video on Instagram of her defiantly unveiled and staring at the camera to later turn around, show her long hair and tie a ponytail, one day after denouncing the state repression.

The two actresses join the more than 2,000 people accused of various crimes for their participation in the protests, of which six have so far been sentenced to death.

Iranian rapper Tomaj Salehi is also behind bars, after being arrested at the end of October for his verses against the clerics who run the country.

For his part, singer Shervin Hajipour, The author of the song “Baraye” (Para), composed using tweets posted by Iranians about Amini's death, is out on bail and is facing justice for posting it on Instagram.

Iranian celebrities are no longer silent and defy the regime with their support for the protests

The protests began over the death of the 22-year-old Kurdish youth, but they have evolved and now the protesters, especially young people, are calling for the end of the Islamic Republic founded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979. Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS

Filmmakers, documentarians, artists and some 60 journalists, among others, have also been detained for their support of the protests.

These are just some of the 15,000 arrested, the vast majority anonymous citizens, since the beginning of mobilizations for which the government accuses the United States and Israel.

(co n information from EFE)

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