Human rights advocates in New York said on Thursday (January 6) that Iran has detained a well-known chef and Instagram influencer as part of its campaign to suppress widespread demonstrations. The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported that Navab Ebrahimi was detained in Tehran on Wednesday and transported to the city’s Evin jail. On Instagram, Ebrahimi has 2.7 million followers. He promotes Persian cuisine in his films.
Ebrahimi was detained without explanation. However, social media users have noted that Ebrahimi’s detention happened at the same time that he published a recipe for Persian cutlets on the day that the Iranian government observed the third anniversary of the murder of Revolutionary Guards General Qassem Soleimani by the United States.
On the anniversary of his passing, some Iranians who oppose the regime tend to post pictures of cutlets, a reference to the way a US drone strike in Iraq killed him.
“Chef and influencer Navab Ebrahimi has been arrested in Tehran. Social media users speculate that his arrest had something to do with his Instagram story” about cutlets, said the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran. Access to Ebrahimi’s Instagram account has been disabled. Protests in Iran are still going on, and they began after Mahsa Amini, 22, held by the country’s morality police for wearing “improper” clothing, died in custody.
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