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Angelina Jolie and Nazanin Boniadi have joined a growing list of celebrities who have spoken out on social media about the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by Iran’s “morality police” earlier this month for improperly wearing her hijab. . Authorities say the 22-year-old woman died of a heart attack, but her family alleges officers beat her. Amini’s subsequent death in police custody has caused ongoing protests in the countryside, with women cutting their hair and publicly burning headscarves. “I respect the brave, defiant and fearless women of Iran,” Jolie wrote. On InstagramShe added that women “do not need their morals controlled, their minds re-educated or their bodies controlled.”
In a long column of guests for deadlineIranian-born actress Nazanin Boniadi called the ongoing movement “nothing less than the first women-led revolution of our time.” According to the New York Times, the Iranian government has deployed large security forces in protest areas, where internet and cell phone service has been limited. The Iranian Human Rights Group estimated to the bbc Wednesday that at least 76 protesters have been killed. In her column, Boniadi encouraged other creatives to use her platforms to highlight what’s happening in Iran, borrowing a quote from her. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power character, Bronwyn: “Which one of you will be with me? Which of you will rise up and fight?” Read more statements of solidarity below.