Taraneh Alidoosti, a prominent Iranian actress, was arrested by local authorities on Saturday after she posted messages on social media expressing solidarity with the anti-government protests that have rocked Iran for nearly three months.
Ms. Alidoosti, 38, was arrested in connection with what state media described as “baseless comments on recent events” and “the publication of provocative material”.
It is one of the most high-profile arrests Iranian authorities have made in their effort to crack down on a women-led uprising that began in September. The protests were sparked by the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, while in the custody of the morality police on charges of violating mandatory hijab rules. Iran has faced international condemnation for its violent response to the demonstrations.
In recent weeks, Ms. Alidoosti, whose credits include the Academy Award winner “The Salesman,” drew attention after posting a photo of herself without a hijab while holding a sign showing her support for protesters calling for an end to authoritarian clerical government in Iran.
This month, after the Iranian government announced that it had hanged Mohsen Shekari, a 23-year-old prisoner who had been detained in the protests that have engulfed the country, Ms. Alidoosti urged people to speak up.
“Your silence means supporting oppression and the oppressors,” he wrote.
From Sunday, Ms. Alidoosti’s Instagram account appeared to have been removed from the platform and his Twitter account appeared to be suspended. Your recent posts can no longer be seen.
In a short Telegram post announcing Ms. The arrest of Alidoosti, the state news agency, the news agency of the Islamic Republic, said Ms. Alidoosti “did not provide documentation” for some of what he described as his “claims”. She had been detained “by order of the judicial authority”, according to the Telegram post.
The state news report also said that “some celebrities” had made comments similar to Ms. Alidoosti “in support of previous street riots”. The Telegram article said that some of them had been arrested, but did not specify anyone other than Ms. Alidoosti
It is not the first time that Ms. Alidoosti has taken a political stand. When “The Salesman” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2016, Ms. Alidoosti said he will boycott the ceremony to protest then-President Trump’s travel ban on citizens of seven countries, five of them predominantly Muslim.
The film won this award.