Shervin Hajipour, the artist behind a popular protest song that went viral online, has been released on bail, his lawyer announced Tuesday.
Hajipour, an Iranian singer and the artist behind the popular protest song "For..." was arrested last week. His song has been played by protesters on streets across Iran as well as during anti-government protests in London, Toronto, Berlin, Sydney and numerous other cities around the world.
What a song by Shervin Hajipour, translated into English by @Me1ikaAhmadi. It is based on people's tweets in Iran - for what they are protesting... #MahsaAmini#womansrevolution#IranProtests#NationalStrike#OpIran#ایران#مهسا_امینی#انقلاب_زنانه#اعتصابات_سراسری pic.twitter.com/iAhiuQGIEd— Maryam Namazie مریم نمازی (@MaryamNamazie) September 28, 2022
"With some follow-up calls and cooperation of Adel Alipur, [Hajipour's] another lawyer ... Shervin has joined his family," Majid Kaveh, his lawyer said.
The video of the song "For..." ("Baraye" in Persian), was viewed more than 34 million times in less than two days on Hajipour’s Instagram page.
The song consists of angry anti-government tweets and slogans posted by Iranians after news of Amini’s death on September 16.
Hajipour previously posted that "The lyrics of this song were written by you to relieve your pain."
A short clip Hajipour posted, in which he plays the guitar and reads aloud some of the tweets included in the song, has since been posted to several other platforms and has gained attention around the world.
The news of his release comes as Iranian authorities have arrested hundreds of protesters and moved them to undisclosed locations, while violent clashes between protesters and riot police continued to rage as the death toll rose to 133 nationwide.
The wave of arrests continued on Monday after armed Iranian security forces stormed Sharif University's campus overnight in the capital Tehran after firing tear gas in the corridors.
The overnight siege raised concerns across Iran. Terrified parents gathered outside the campus in the hope to hear news about their loved ones.
Footage from outside the campus shows masked riot police taking the arrested students on motorcycles to unknown locations and firing rubber bullets at people filming the scene in their cars nearby.
Adel Ferdosipour, the former host of "90", a prime-time football TV show, has called on security forces to immediately release the arrested students.
"Why do you behave with these noble students in such a cruel way," he wrote on his Instagram. "How do you expect them to build Iran after this?"
The new round of anti-government protests was sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini who was arrested for allegedly not wearing her hijab properly and violating the country's strict dress code.