After the “First, let me take a Selfie” trend the last past months all over the world, a new trend appears in Iran. People are shaving their head and posting picture on social networks. It is not a new fashion with no objectives but a way to protest against the Iranian government and repression against political prisoners.
.We don’t know when it started and it is not the first time people are shaving their hair to protest. The first event happened in 1988 when the actress Farimah Farjami appeared bold in Masoud Kimiall’s movie Lead. Or more recently in 2002 in the movie Women’s Prison, when the actress Roya No-Nahali (Mitra) was shaved as a punishment for disobedience in jail. It is possible that this movie is at the origin of the protest movement since it aims to denounce repression in jail.
According to members of the opposition, guards of the Evin Prison (North of Teheran) were brutaly beating prisonners on April 17th. Thirty of them were injured and 4 of them went to the hospital fro broken ribs according to Amnesty International. Some prisoners were forced to be shaved and after some pictures were released on the social networks, members of the green movement (Nickname given to the opposition movement) decided to shaved themselves and shared pictures by solidarity with political prisoners. Even women decided to take part of this actions. Samane Abolpour, a famous political activist, decided to do it and publish the picture on her Facebook.