Iranian archer Parmida Ghasemi demonstrated her assist for anti-government protests by eradicating her hijab throughout an awards ceremony in Tehran, a video shared to social media on Thursday reveals.
Within the video, Ghasemi lets her headband fall off as she stands on a podium together with different athletes. One lady standing subsequent to her makes an attempt to place it again on, however Parmida lets it hold off. Folks within the viewers, who are usually not seen within the video, are heard clapping and cheering the motion.
Ghasemi just isn’t the primary Iranian athlete to specific solidarity with protestors.
Movies obtained by CNN present Iranian athlete Saeed Piramoon from the nationwide seaside soccer workforce making a hair-cutting gesture after scoring a purpose in opposition to the United Arab Emirates in Dubai earlier this week, an emblem that has been widespread in demonstrations.
Final month, Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi competed in South Korea with out her necessary hijab on, later saying it had fallen off by chance. Nonetheless, it’s unclear whether or not Rekabi’s feedback have been made beneath duress.
Iran’s deputy sports activities minister Maryam Kazemipour stated on Wednesday that athletes who acted in opposition to Islamic norms “regretted” their actions afterward and “are on the lookout for a chance to make up for his or her mistake.”
“These individuals took actions beneath the affect of the enemy’s propaganda … however after a brief time frame, they regretted and are on the lookout for a chance to make up for his or her mistake,” Maryam Kazemipour stated, based on state information company IRNA.
“Iranian ladies proved that the Islamic hijab doesn’t create any restrictions for them,” Kazemipour added.