Trying to keep up with the protests in Iran and the latest on what is happening in Iran today? Well, over the weekend, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Zahedan, Iran’s southeastern province to mourn the death of Mahsa Amini three months ago while in police custody, which prompted nationwide anti-government protests.
The Islamic republic has seen waves of protests since the September 16 death in custody of Amini, a young Iranian Kurd who had been arrested for allegedly violating the country’s dress code for women.
Iranian authorities have claimed that the demonstrations are being orchestrated by agents of the United States and other Western countries.
In response to a U.S.-sponsored resolution, the United Nations removed Iran from a women’s rights commission on Wednesday. Iran’s foreign ministry called the move “invalid and illegitimate.”
Another issue happening in Iran today is that Taraneh Alidoosti, one of Iran’s most famous actors, has also been detained by security forces in Tehran days after she criticised the state’s use of the death penalty against protesters.
She had previously posted a picture of herself on her Instagram page in which she was not wearing the hijab and holding a piece of paper reading “women, life, freedom” – the slogan that has come to encapsulate the fight against the current Iranian regime.
Alidoosti is regarded as one of the most influential Iranian actors of her generation, and her arrest is a sign that the state wants to crack down on celebrities, artists and sports personalities who have used their platform to challenge the regime.
According to the latest report of the Iranian Human Rights Organization, which was published on Saturday, at least 469 people, including 63 children and 32 women, have been killed by the security and law enforcement forces of the Islamic Republic since the beginning of nationwide protests in Iran today.