Reports received say that rapper, Toomaj Salehi, a popular singer is detained by security forces.
According to the human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”, on Monday, September 13, 2021, in a raid conducted by security forces, Toomaj Salehi a popular rapper was detained and taken to an unknown location.
An informed source reported that the security forces raided his home in four vehicles carrying a 12 strong force, searched his home, confiscated some of his personal belongings and took him away. There is no news of his whereabouts.
Toomaj Salehi, has introduced himself as a person who works in a metalwork workshop. In his songs he points to social crises such as economic corruption, gender discrimination, addiction, suppression and etc.
Before his arrest, Toomaj has warned about it in his twitter account and wrote: “Well I am throwing away this cellphone because they are probably tracking me. Don’t be worried, I will not let them arrest me; we still have a lot to do. In a few days I will provide myself with a safe phone. So long.”
In another post he wrote: “You must know that I am not afraid of death, jail or torture. I am afraid that I see that someone becomes a whore out of poverty and I keep silence, that people feed from trashcans and I keep silence, that I witness that you (regime’s agents) beat a worker and I keep silence, that you kill a protester and then torture his family who seek for justice and I keep silence…There is a sea of blood between us.”
Toomaj Salehi is from Isfahan and is a popular artist. He had announced time and again the he only supports people.
Following his detention, social network users staged a protest demanding his release with #FreeToomaj.
One of his works that is said to be the cause of his arrest is a rape he performed titled: “Buy a mouse hole”.