Olivia Colman and Ariana DeBose join celebs speaking out against Mahsa Amini's death

Olivia Colman and Ariana DeBose join celebs speaking out against Mahsa Amini's death
Olivia Colman, Nazanin Boniadi, and Ariana DeBose (Twitter/@NazaninBoniadi)

The Rings of Power’ star Nazanin Boniadi is leaving no stone unturned to let the world know that the protests taking place in Iran is unlike any other agitation in the history of the Middle-East country and calls it a "revolution." In recent weeks, we have seen Boniadi using her stature to spread awareness about the Iran Protests and requesting the international communities to raise their voices against the atrocities happening against the women of Iran. Now, several other prominent Hollywood stars like Olivia Colman, Ariana DeBose, Brian Cox, and others have come out in support of the Iranian people who have been protesting on the streets of Iran after the death of a 22-year-old girl named Mahsa Amini.

In a video shared by the Iranian-British actor on social media, more than a dozen of actors and prominent personalities can be seen lending support to the people of Iran who have taken to the streets to wage a war against injustice. The clip starts with the Academy Award-winning actor Olivia Colman, Brian Cox, Ariana DeBose, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and others talking about the tragic death of Mahsa Amini that took place in police custody on Friday, September 16th. The stars also noted how the Iranian government continues to suppress the voices of its own people by shutting down the internet and other modes of communication.

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The video continued, “We must stand in solidarity with the Iranian people so that the world hears their cries. Keep amplifying, post, retweet, share. Let’s show the Iranian people that we are with them. We all have to speak up for Women, Life, and Freedom.”
Kate Beckinsale, Bradley Whitford, Arian Moayed, and Nazanin Nour were also seen in the clip.

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The video ended with the request to keep sharing news and information about the protests to “keep the movement alive”.

For the uninitiated, Amini, a 22-year-old young woman from Iran, was reportedly arrested on September 16 for not wearing her hijab properly. The authorities said that Amini died because of a heart attack, but her family didn’t have any heart problems. They believed that their daughter died because of police brutality. As soon as the news surfaced online, brave women of Iran stormed the streets and let the government know that enough is enough. Men and women are coming together for massive protests in several parts of the country.

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Protesters, mainly expatriate Iranians and including a lesbian couple holding hands, gather to demonstrate against the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran on September 23, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. Amini, 22, was arrested by Iranian authorities in Tehran on September 13 for not wearing her headscarf properly and died three days afterwards, apparently due to a severe head injury. Her death has sparked demonstrations across Iran nationwide that have spiralled into violence and left dozens of protesters dead.
Protesters, mainly expatriate Iranians and including a lesbian couple holding hands, gather to demonstrate against the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran on September 23, 2022, in Berlin, Germany (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

According to The Guardian, 41 people have died so far since the unrest began. However, Iran Human Rights, a Norway-based group, has alleged that more than 83 people have been killed in nearly two weeks of demonstrations. Women are burning their hijabs and cutting their hair to let the world know how regressive society is towards women. The streets of Iran are filled with chants like “zan, zindagi, azadi” which translates to “women, life, freedom” in English.

As the protest enters its third week, protests are being organized in several parts of the world in showing support for the people of Iran. People in countries like the US, Turkey, Lebanon, Chile, Brazil, Germany, London, Ontario, and Cyprus are gathering in large numbers to let the Iranian people know that they are not alone.

It’s sad that even in the 21st century women are facing such issues and are being forced to follow rules set by regressive minds. The Iranian women have shown the courage to speak against such people and they are hoping to bring a change so that the next generation of Iranian girls don’t face the challenges that they do in their day-to-day lives.

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