Iranian pop singer Shervin Hajipour appeared in a video for the first time since his release on Sunday after being arrested for posting a song in support of the protests that have rocked Iran since mid-September.
Iranian American musician Rana Mansour beautifully performs Shervin Hajipour’s song “for…” in English. A song that has become the anthem of solidarity in Iran and has moved many around the world. #MahsaAmini #مهسا_امینی #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/AnTjBo8ovm
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Iran has been the scene of protests since the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, after she was arrested in Tehran by deputy police who accused her of violating Iran’s strict dress code, which in particular forces women to cover their hair in public.
To support the protest movement, Shervin Hajipour, 25, composed a song titled baraye (“By” or “By” in Persian), compiling tweets about the protesters’ demands.
The song had reached nearly 40 million views on the artist’s Instagram page, before being removed when the singer was arrested by authorities in the north of the country.
In a first video appearance since being released on bail Tuesday, shervin Hajipour said Sunday that he “He lives in Iran” and desire “stay there and sing”.
“If I want to say something, or criticize, I would like to do it here”added in this video uploaded to Instagram. “It is clear that I created this work to express my condolences to the people who criticized the situation of society” in Iran, he added, specifying that he had no connection “with a movement or organizations” abroad.
“I would like to see the authorities, especially in these conditions, have a father-son approach towards people who are in similar situations to mine”added the singer, without further details.
Shervin Hajipour began his musical career after participating in 2019 in the program Asré Jadid (“new era” in Persian), a singing contest broadcast on Iranian state television.
Dozens of people, mainly protesters but also members of the security forces, have been killed since September 16 during demonstrations described as “riots” by the authorities, while hundreds more have been arrested.