Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who was one of the supporters of the current wave of anti-government protests across Iran, has been arrested by security forces.
The Fars News Agency, which is affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, reported his arrest on Sunday and described him on social media as one of the “leaders of the riot who encouraged the violence.”
A news website linked to the IRGC claimed that a dissident rap artist had been arrested while trying to flee the country across the border. Later in the day, his official Twitter account, run by a foreign-based administrator, announced that he had been arrested in the western provinces of Chahal Mahal and Bakhtiari, not the border provinces.
Photos of Toomaji Salehi released by state media after arrest
His page also features a conversation with the rapper telling the admin how to keep covering the events of the uprising if he gets arrested. and told the administrators to continue publishing articles about protests and strikes to help people.
Earlier this year, he was summoned to the revolutionary court in central Isfahan province. He didn’t elaborate on his sentence in a tweet he posted on Jan. 24, but wrote that his prison sentence was suspended for one year. He had previously been arrested by dozens of security guards who stormed his home in September 2021. He was released on bail eight days after him and was on trial.