An Iranian pop star challenges the regime


Song is a protest against the war that marked Iran for eight years the war with with Iraq, nNcholas Pelham is the economists Middle East correspondent he's been writing about a new song called pari som- that means broken stone. And it's by Iranian singer, Mechta Yara he in this video he shows missiles falling on families. He shows families queuing it to have because the land is impartial rivers have been diverted their children being sent into minefields by generals houses. Collapsing. The soon as the ribbon is cut because the so poorly built it's really an indictment of the Iranian regime. Should be to numbers money, but it's an odd direction for Mr. Jahr, he to take he used to be pretty beloved of the regime. He sings beautiful renditions of the call to prayer in two thousand seventeen he won the best album prize from the ministry of his lung guidance and culture that it's hard to imagine. Now, he's things dressed as a general Kelly. He's trying to be an Iranian general, but he has a swastika on his arm, and there's a particular dramatic lyric in which he says another generation went to war and did not return on the last one of this tribe, but tribe with no food or water. So why the change of he was a regime favorite? Why is he now this provocateur a lot of it has to do with his origin? He's from the province of quizzes, Dan, which used to be called stone. It's a mainly our province on the Gulf bordering Iraq. But it's a province which has been devastated by the war by Cincinnati elect. He's somebody who seems to have an increasingly conscious sensitive Arab identity. This comes at a time where Iran is under enormous economic stress, and there's a a real struggle for resources and the periphery which tends to be mainly non Persian an ethnic feels that it's losing out to the Persian core, Iran, Matt Yara himself said when ASTA defend his song. He said it's a duty of artists to convey, the voice of the people to the authorities. So in on it self the people have a pretty big fans of this work is images of him being put up in shops. And has the reaction been similarly favorable throughout Iran or just in his home region? If you see a hero in his own province. Elsewhere, particularly on the part of hardliners within the regime, he sees something of a of a traitor. He's betraying the martyrs of of the revolution. They see him as of stooge for Arabs, somebody cool to singer Saddam Hussein. And he's seen as the troublemaker which is particularly worrying for the authorities because it comes at a time with just on the eve of celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the nineteen seventy nine revolution. So what are the thirties doing about it? Or what do you think they will do a lot of contradictory reports at the time as to whether he had been banned or not it does appear that he was summoned by the ministry of his guidance, and according to an official from that ministry. It was said that he he repented and this was denied by Maddie are he's he's. Said that he wouldn't repent that he stood for what he said in his his song. He did try and say that it was more general and not specifically aimed your thirties writing. It's very clear to most rain that this is really Matt Yara representing hoses stone against Tehran against the center and asking for summer address, right through the ministry of guidance. Having said that will we call them on this. And he repented his just needing to be seen to at least wagged a finger at him. Is that the idea it is quite striking at the moment. How the authorities seem to be doing the utmost not to inflame sentiment within Iran. They're very conscious of the year ago. There were mass protests across the country, particularly in these provinces, which are on the periphery with concentration of non Persian minorities. And so they do seem to be playing it down nNcholas. Thank you very much. Jason. Thank you.

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