Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Cate Blanchett… The stars are mobilizing for the Iranians

Camille Hazard

About 50 movie stars held up posters calling for an end to the executions of Iranian protesters.

Cate Blanchett, Jason Momoa, Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bryan Cranston, Marion Cotillard… More than 50 screen personalities have called for an end to the executions of Iranian protesters. In a video co-designed by Iranian-American screenwriter Nicole Najafi, director, screenwriter and producer Ana Lily Amirpour and actress-screenwriter Mozhan Marnò, the artists appear carrying signs that read: “#StopExecutionsInIran” ( stop the executions in Iran).

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The initiative encourages Internet users to photograph themselves with a similar sign, in order “to draw as much attention as possible to this issue and, in doing so, put pressure on the Islamic Republic”, explained Mozhan Marnò at the “Hollywood Reporter”. “The other goal is to show Iranians in Iran that the world is with them, that they are not forgotten, that their protests and their suffering are not in vain. They are out there in the streets risking their lives, and this has been going on for months now,” she added.

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Iranian justice announced Saturday January 7 the hanging of two men found guilty of having killed a paramilitary during the demonstrations sparked by the death in custody of the young Mahsa Amini, new executions which aroused the “dismay” of the Union European. The UN also denounced “shocking” hangings which bring to four the number of executions since the start of the protest movement in Iran in mid-September. In less than three months, 14 people have been sentenced to death in connection with the protests, according to a tally based on official information. Among them, four have been executed, two have had their sentences confirmed by the Supreme Court, six are awaiting new trials and two others can appeal. Activists say dozens more face the death penalty.