State media: Two well-known Iranian actresses are detained.



According to the nation’s state-run media, two well-known Iranian actresses have been detained for openly endorsing large-scale anti-government demonstrations.

According to the Irna news agency, Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi are charged with conspiring and subverting Iranian authorities.

Both women had previously made public appearances sans headscarves as a show of support for protesters.

After a woman died while under the custody of the police in September, protests broke out.

The morality police in Tehran’s capital city nabbed Mahsa Amini, 22, for allegedly flouting the stringent hijab laws. Three days later, on September 16, she passed away.

BBC News reported that, there were reports that officers beat her with a baton and banged her head against a vehicle, but police denied that she was mistreated and said she suffered a heart attack.

Ms Ghaziani and Ms Riahi – both multiple-award winning actresses – were detained on Sunday on the orders of Iran’s prosecutor’s office, Irna says.

Before the arrest, Ms Ghaziani wrote on social media that “whatever happens, know that as always I will stand with the people of Iran”

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