Taraneh Alidoosti, a prominent Iranian actress whose credits include the Academy Award winner “The Salesman,” was arrested by local authorities in Iran on Saturday after she posted messages on social media expressing solidarity with antigovernment protests that have rocked the country for nearly three months.
She was arrested in connection with what state news media described as “unsubstantiated comments about recent events” and “the publication of provocative material,” in one of the highest-profile detentions the Iranian authorities have made in their effort to crack down on a women-led uprising that started in September.
Alidoosti drew attention after posting a photo of herself without a hijab while holding a sign signaling her support for protesters, who have been calling for an end to authoritarian clerical rule in Iran. After the Iranian government announced that it had hanged a protester, Alidoosti urged people to speak out. “Your silence means supporting oppression and oppressors,” she wrote.
The actress’s Instagram account appears to have been removed from the platform, and her Twitter account seems to have been suspended. Her recent posts were no longer viewable.