The singer of the protest anthem in Iran, accused of inciting violence

Tehran, Oct 11 (EFE).- The singer Shervin Hajipour has been accused of two counts of propaganda against the Government and incitement to violence for his song “Baraye” (Para) which has become the anthem of the protests unleashed in Iran for the death of Mahsa Amini.

In addition to accusations of propaganda against the government and incitement to violence, a court has prohibited Hajipour from leaving the country for six months, said his lawyer, Majid Kaveh, according to the Iran Front Page on Tuesday.

The artist has been released on bail for a week, but until now the accusations he faces had not been reported.

The singer was arrested in late September after posting on Instagram the song “Baraye” made up of tweets posted by Iranians about Amini’s death on September 16, after being detained for improperly wearing the veil.

The theme has become the anthem of the protests ever since and reached 40 million views on the singer’s Instagram account alone, despite the restrictions that the authorities have imposed on the internet.

“For fear of a kiss from my lover in the street,” reads the lyrics of the song, which according to the court incites violence.

And the refrain is “Woman, life, freedom”, the slogan that has resounded in Iran for 25 days.

In his first public statements after his release, Hajipour denied this weekend belonging to “any movement or organization outside the country” and assured that the song was intended to “express solidarity with the people.”

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, and the President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisí, have accused foreign countries of being behind the protests, in particular they have pointed to a “conspiracy” between the United States and Israel, and it has also been pointed out to some European countries.

The Persian country has been experiencing protests since the death of Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, on September 16 after being arrested by the morality police for wearing the veil incorrectly, one of the pillars of the theocracy established by Ayatollah Ruholá Khomeiní in 1979.

The protests have mutated from large mobilizations with women burning veils strongly repressed by security forces, to universities and even schools where girls remove their veils.

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The singer of the protest anthem in Iran, accused of inciting violence