Mia Khalifa slams Iran rulers amid widespread protests over Mahsa Amini death

Mia Khalifa slams Iran rulers amid widespread protests over Mahsa Amini death
The former adult film actress has shared several posts criticising Iran's regime since the death of Mahsa Amini, who was reportedly fatally beaten by police.
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28 September, 2022
Mia Khalifa (right) has recently shared multiple posts on social media criticising Iran's rulers [Greg Doherty via Getty]

Mia Khalifa has shared her support for protests in Iran that began after the death of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, who was allegedly fatally beaten by Iranian police.

The Lebanese-American former adult film actress made a series of posts critical of the Iranian government, as protests in the country spread.

Over the weekend, she posted an Instagram story update critical of Iran President Ebrahim Raisi and his demand that the renowned journalist Christiane Amanpour wear a headscarf when interviewing him while he was in New York for the UN General Assembly.

"Why are we giving such fascists a platform in the American media and bowing to their demands?" she asked.

On Sunday, she shared a compilation video originally posted to TikTok, of relatives of regime officials partying abroad while protesters were being killed by security forces.

"Not a hijab in sight for the children/grandchildren of the Islamic regime! The morality police doesn’t have Snapchat??" she asked.

On the same day, she shared a video of a biographic book about Iran's former empress, Farah Pahlavi, the widow of the Shah who led Iran until the 1979 Islamic revolution.

"Iran, the better days," she tweeted. Iran's former shah, however, also ruled the country with a iron fist via the notorious SAVAK intelligence services.

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Protests have gripped Iran since the death of Mahsa Amini on 16 September.

Amini was arrested by Iranian morality police for breaching Iran's strict dress code for women, who accused her of not wearing a headscarf 'properly'.

The 22-year-old was taken into custody, where her family said she was beaten and insulted by Iranian security forces. She died hours later at a Tehran hospital.

Women have demonstrated by taking off and sometimes burning their headscarves in public.

Online, men and women in Iran and worldwide have posted videos on social media of themselves cutting their hair and shaving their heads in solidarity with Amini and the protesters

While support for the protest gathers internationally, including among celebrities, well-known Iranians who have expressed their solidarity with the protesters have drawn the ire of security forces.

Last week, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps called for the arrest of retired footballer Ali Karimi after he voiced support for the protests and said he believed the Amini family's claims that the police were responsible for her death.

Khalifa has been vocal about other international issues, including US funding of the Israeli military.