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Instagram headscarf protest by actress against Iran’s rulers

By Richard Spencer

10 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

You may have seen her in the Oscar-winning movie The Salesman. Now Taraneh Alidoosti, one of Iran's most successful actresses, is adding her voice to the mass protests against Islamic dress codes.

An Iranian actress has posted an image of herself on Instagram without a headscarf to signal solidarity with anti-government demonstrations after the death of a young woman in police custody.

Taraneh Alidoosti — best known for her role in the 2016 Oscar-winning film The Salesman — held a sign in Kurdish reading “Woman, Life, Freedom”, a slogan of the protesters who have campaigned against Islamic dress codes and authoritarian rule in the wake of Mahsa Amini’s death in September.

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