A popular Iranian rapper says he has been released on bail, days after he was arrested for "inciting the youth to chaos" amid a wave of protests that has convulsed the country for more than six weeks.
"After my arrest, when I protested against being handcuffed, someone punched me in the face several times,'' Emad Ghavidel wrote on his Instagram account after his release on November 4.
"They pulled my hat on my head, and someone else hit me several times saying 'are you an artist?'"
It was earlier reported that Ghavidel was arrested at his workplace in the northern city of Rasht on October 26.
Ghavidel is particularly popular in his hometown of Rasht for writing songs critical to Iran’s clerical rulers.
Since the beginning of the nationwide, anti-government protest movement in September, Iranian authorities have detained many artists and other public figures.