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In silence or aloud, high-profile Iranians signal support for protests

By Cora Engelbrecht and Jeré Longman

21 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

From soccer stars to leading actors, prominent Iranians are increasingly showing their support for the protests that have become routine in their country. The New York Times reports.

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At the World Cup in Qatar, Iran’s soccer players Monday declined to sing their country’s national anthem. In Tehran, two well-known actresses were arrested over the weekend for defiantly removing their headscarves. And at least nine prominent Iranians were summoned for questioning for daring to criticize authorities.

High-profile Iranians are increasingly making public gestures of support for the protests that have gripped the country for the past two months, posting photos and messages critical of the government on social media or flouting the country’s strict hijab laws.

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