In Iran, women face strict laws about how to dress and behave under Islamic law. Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, was arrested by the morality-police for not wearing a hijab according to the rules in Iran. She died in custody. Eyewitnesses say this is because of police brutality. This has sparked a wave of protests against the Iranian government.
Some protesters have spoken out against the government by sharing a song by Shervin Hajipour, an Iranian singer. He released Baraye which means "Because of…" in Farsi. The lyrics to this song express different reasons why Iranians are angry and want to speak out – for example because of gender inequality and having to live under Islamic law.
People from around the world responded to the song and many people, including school children, have shared videos of themselves singing along to protest against the government.
Over to you!
- Do you think songs are a good way to share a message? Why or why not?
- If you could share a song with the world to spread a message that's important to you, what would it be? What's your message?
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