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Iranian archer Parmida Ghasemi showed her support for anti-government protests by removing her hijab during an award ceremony in Tehran, according to a video shared on social media on Thursday.

In the video, Ghasemi drops her headscarf as she stands on a podium with other athletes. A girl standing next to her tries to put it back on, but Parmida lets it hang. People in the audience, who are not seen in the video, are heard cheering and applauding the action.

Ghasemi is not the first Iranian athlete to express his solidarity with the protesters.

Videos obtained by CNN show Iranian national beach soccer team athlete Saeed Piramoon making a haircut gesture after scoring a goal against the United Arab Emirates in Dubai earlier this week, a symbol that has been popular in the protests.

Last month, Iranian mountaineer Elnaz Rekabi competed in South Korea without her mandatory hijab, later claiming it fell accidentally. However, it is unclear if Rekabi’s comments were made under duress.

Iran’s deputy sports minister, Maryam Kazemipour, said on Wednesday that athletes who acted against Islamic norms “regretted” their actions afterwards and “are looking for an opportunity to make up for their mistake.”

“These people acted under the influence of enemy propaganda…but after a short time they regretted it and are looking for an opportunity to make up for their mistake,” said Maryam Kazemipour, according to the official IRNA news agency. .

“Iranian women have proven that the Islamic hijab creates no restrictions for them,” Kazemipour added.

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