Salehi, the rapper who became the voice of the Iranian uprising, faces the death penalty


Now the popular actor could be hanged in public after a court charged him with “corruption in the world.” — A term authorities use to refer to a wide range of crimes that threaten social. And political well-being and carry the potential death penalty.

‘Not a place for justice’

 Fears for Salehi’s safety also grew after his official Twitter account posted on Friday. That he was being beaten despite the risk of losing his sight.
The rapper was among thousands. Who took part in protests for Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman. Who was detained in September by the country’s “morality police” for allegedly breaking the country’s strict dress code. He died in the hospital three days after falling into a coma.
“It is not a crime. It is freedom of speech,” he added.
The government has denied mistreating Amini. But protests over his death only grew in the weeks to come. As more young people died and security forces cracked down on protesters. Now, What began as a nationwide outburst of outrage against women. And girls has transformed into a demand for profound and fundamental change.
Using his voice and music, Salehi came out in support of the anti-government protesters from the start.
“Unity is the secret of our victory. We are all the family of Iran,” he captioned an Instagram post uploaded on September 22. And Six days after Amini’s death. In the accompanying video, He stands on a darkened street. And speaks to the camera while protesters around him chant.

At the heart of the protests, and Salehi’s lyrics, is the conviction that the government must go.

 In a music video uploaded to YouTube in late October titled “Fal. ” – Which means fortune-telling in Persian. He raps about the “44 years” since the establishment of theocratic rule. After Iran’s 1979 revolution ousted Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
He encounters diverse groups, from stern-looking clerics known as mullahs dressed in “suits. And ties they’ve embezzled” as well as “lobbies of foreign governments”.
The rapper claims a shadowy figure dressed in black.
“Some have lost their young children and some have lost their youth. Someone’s crime was having hair flowing in the wind,” Salehi sings. “Someone’s crime was a brave heart and a sharp tongue.”
On October 30, state news agency ISNA reported. That intelligence officers had re-arrested Salehi as he tried to flee the country. NBC News could not confirm the exact events. That led to his arrest or verify official allegations. On December 6, state media played video of his alleged confession. Which was covered by one of Salehi’s own protest songs.

“Music can create violence,” he said. “I made a mistake, I apologize. I apologize to you and the community for any violence caused.”

More than 500,000 people have signed a petition calling for his release.

Hadi Ghaimi, executive director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran said. He felt no confidence that the country’s courts would find justice for those brought up for the protests. — Including high-profile prisoners like Salehi.

“These courtrooms are not places of justice. Because they do not involve any investigation. Due process or a defendant’s right to defend himself. And to independent counsel,” said the Iranian-born Ghaimi.

The US-based Human Rights Activists News Agency. Or HRANA, estimated the number of arrests linked to the protests at more than 18,000. Iran’s judiciary spokesman announced the number was over 1,000, according to state news agency IRNA.

‘Not a place for justice’

Iran’s Meezan news agency, under the country’s judiciary, reported on Saturday. That Mohammad Mehdi Karami. And Seyed Mohammad Hosseini were executed. Early Saturday for the killing of a security officer. Making four people executed since the protests began.

Although Salehi is one of many detained. Few have attracted the attention of supporters at home as well as abroad.

Deposed Shah’s son Reza Pahlavi tweeted support for Salehi on his birthday on December 3.

German lawmaker Ye-wan Rai said she had never heard the rapper or his music before becoming his political sponsor.

He told NBC News via email in December. . Who was on death row “for making music, for rapping about freedom, human rights and injustice.”

“It is not a crime. It is freedom of speech,” he added.For weeks, European politicians have taken political sponsorship of the prisoners in Iran, speaking to the media. And acting as advocates by writing to the European Union. And the United Nations to pressure the Iranian government.

“He expressed the feeling that many of those protesting in the streets of Iran are against the regime of the Islamic Republic.” Said Rai, Who was elected to the Bundestag. Germany’s federal parliament, in September 2021 and has sided with Salehi. Case in contact with people of Iran. “He made himself a target by expressing solidarity with the revolution. And taking to the streets himself.”

Omid Memarian, a well-known commentator. 

“This is Tomaz Salehi,” he wrote, reposting a Salehi video supporting the protesters. “Listen to you. His voice is louder than ever!

“Here is the battlefield,” Salehi said in the video. “Now is the time to attack the enemy without fear.”And critic of the Iranian government, also tweeted his support on Monday.

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