Iranian Film Star Arrested for Animal Rights Protest

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A famous Iranian actress was arrested by security forces in Tehran for campaigning for animal rights. Authorities said Hedieh Teherani, was present at a gathering in Tehran’s central Lala Garden for participating in a gathering that was not authorized by the ministry of the interior.

The arrest was announced by the Iranian news outlet tabnak.ir, which is connected to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The arrest was also reported by the Iranian website of the Young Journalists Club.

The issue of animal rights came to the fore recently after several Iranian municipalities a large number of street dogs by shooting or burning the animals to death.

For more information about Iran's draconian policies on free speech, see Clarion Project's Special Report: Human Rights in Iran

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org