How Baraye became the unofficial anthem of the protests in Iran
Late last week, as protests raged across Iran, singer-songwriter Shervin Hajipour posted a song called Baraye to his Instagram. Baraye translates as "because of" or "for the sake of" and its lyrics are drawn from the social media posts of people protesting the death of Mahsa Amini, who died in the custody of Iran's morality police after being arrested and allegedly beaten for wearing an improper hijab. Baraye stayed up on Hajipour's Instagram for 48 hours and got 40 million views before Iranian authorities forced him to take it down and arrested him. Hajipour says he's out on bail now and he has not reposted the song, but it is still circulating widely among protesters. Negar Mottahedeh, an Iranian-American culture critic and professor of Literature at Duke University says that speaks volumes about this song and these protests.