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Iranian celebrities fan the flames of anti-regime protests

By Najmeh Bozorgmehr

10 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

We see more signs that the protests in Iran represent an unprecedented movement against the regime: The FT reports that the average age of those arrested may be as young as 15.

When Iranian musician Shervin Hajipour sang about young Iranians’ desire “for a normal life” and “for freedom”, he had little idea his words would become a manifesto for anti-regime demonstrators.

But the 25-year-old musician’s use of social media to highlight Iranian protests over the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police quickly went viral.

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