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Iran’s Stars of Screen and Sport Throw Weight Behind Protesters

Protests in downtown Tehran, Iran, Sept. 21.
Protests in downtown Tehran, Iran, Sept. 21.Source: -/AFP

Protests gripping Iran are getting unprecedented public support from celebrities spanning the arts and sport, underscoring the depth of the anger sparked by the death in custody of a young woman.

At least six actresses, several with high-profile roles in popular TV series, joined thousands of other women who have publicly removed their headscarves or cut their hair in solidarity with Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old whose fate has triggered some of the biggest anti-government protests since the 1979 revolution.