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Iran Supreme Leader Khamenei's niece arrested after viral video slamming Tehran's crackdown on protests

DailyO logo DailyO 28-11-2022 Dristi Sharma
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Farideh Moradkhani, the niece of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and a well-known activist, has been arrested after she posted a in response a video in which she called the world leaders to cut ties with Tehran.

What was in that video? 

The video was posted by her brother on Friday (November 25) after Moradkhan was arrested on Wednesday (November 23). Soon the video started spreading, and went viral, showcasing the miserable conditions of women in Iran's regime. 

Free and brave Iranians will overthrow the oppressive regime
- Farideh Moradkhani

She also said that right now the Iranians need the support of the outside world.

The time has come for all freedom-loving countries to recall all their representatives from Iran in a symbolic gesture and expelled representatives and allies of this brutal regime from their countries, thus expressing solidarity with the freedom-loving people of Iran, it appears. 
- Farideh Moradkhani

Check out the whole video here:

Replay Video

This is, however, not the first time that Marodkhani has been arrested. She has been detained several times before this: 

  • Previously, Moradkhani was arrested by security forces while returning home on January 13, 2022. When she was arrested, intelligence operatives searched her home and seized some of her possessions. 
  • However, she was released on bail of ten billion tomans (1,920,275.38 Indian Rupees!) on April 30, 2022. 

Who is Farideh Moradkhani? 

Farideh Moradkhani is an engineer whose late father, Ali Tehrani, was a prominent opposition figure who married Khamenei's sister. Tehrani died last month, and her brother Mahmoud Moradkhani lives in France. She is a prominent civil rights activist in Iran who has been standing up for women's rights for years now.  

Iran protests death toll: Human rights activist group HRANA keeps a toll of people dying in protests. According to latest data: 

Why did the protests start in Iran? Protests started in Iran after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of the infamous morality police of the country. She was arrested for not wearing her hijab properly, and she died on September 16, 2022. Her death led to protests huge protests from the capital Tehran to small cities like Karaj and later moved to other parts of the country and even the world.

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