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March 28: "Here's to Mighty and Better Days!" Toomaj's Nowruz Greeting

March 3: Report on a "Night of Cultural Revolt Free Toomaj and All Political Prisoners"

February 14

https://www.freeiranspoliticalprisonersnow.org/prisoner-news/toomaj-message-from-behind-bars

Read the message Toomaj sent to supporters on Feb. 14.
Read in Farsi at @burnthecage

February 12:
Night of Cultural Revolt to Free Toomaj Salehi and All Iran's Poltical Prisoners!

If you are around the San Francisco Bay Area, make your way to Berkeley’s iconic Starry Plough Pub, Saturday, February 24, 6-9 pm. Poetry reading and song will be followed by an invitation to dance in the spirit of people in Iran who are dancing in the streets as a form of mass protest.

Toomaj had said defiantly, “I don’t deserve to be in prison even for one day.” His first arrest followed the release of his rap video “Rat Hole” (July 2021)  which is filled with searing lyrics aimed at Iran’s ruling class and their many (willing or unwilling) accomplices—telling them to go “buy a rat hole” (and crawl into it)! It is a challenge to people anywhere in the world today who fits the description:

If you see people’s pain & suffering but close your eyes,
If you see someone’s oppression but just walked on by,
   You’re the oppressor’s accomplice and also a criminal…

If you pretend to be asleep when bloodshed’s taking place,
If you’re busy with your business when they’re taking youths’ lives,
If you stay in the middle and ask “what me political?” …

    Wise up! In this battle there is no neutral…

If you used your hands to cover up your eyes, your hands will be bloody….

What kind of artist are you…I piss on your Oscar
If you’re not with the people, it is worthless…
   Is freedom costly? It’s OK, freedom fighters will die for it.

from “Rat Hole,” July 2021

January 22: Toomaj was indicted on ten charges, including new charges of "assisting armed group rebellion" against the system, and "conspiracy and collusion to commit crimes against security." The armed rebellion charge carries a possible death penalty!

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January 30: "Poets, rappers, spoken word, artists, musicians, participate in a Night of Cultural Revolt to Free Rapper Toomaj Salehi and All Iran's Political Prisoners" - invitation

December 10: Lovers of justice and revolutionary art: Toomaj is talking to you.  Make a difference


Read excerpt of Toomaj's First Video Message after Release from Prison

Recent updates from IEC

Dec. 1, 2023: Toomaj Rearrested for "Disturbing Public Opinion"!

Excerpt: Just 12 days after Toomaj Salehi was released on bail pending an appeal of his sham trial, and 3 days after publishing a video in which he credits his supporters' tireless struggle, calls for continuing to fight for all political prisoners, and details the torture of him and other prisoners, Toomaj and two companions were violently rearrested on November 30 on a street in Babol, Iran, by plainclothes agents who beat them with the butts of Kalashnikov rifles. The judiciary’s Mizan news agency said that he is accused of “publishing false information and disturbing public opinion” -- for bravely telling the truth about torture in prison, not only for himself but for all prisoners!

Nov. 18, 2023: Toomaj Free on Bail!

October 23, 2023: Rebel Rapper Toomaj Salehi is the Voice of Iran's Political Prisoners: "I don't deserve to be in prison even for one day!"

July 18, 2023: Global Outcry Needed: No Bans! No Jail Time! No Executions!

Toomaj received an outrageous sentence after enduring 252 days of solidarity confinement, torture, interrogations, and two closed door “trials.” In addition to 6 years, 3 months in prison, his passport has been revoked and he’s banned from leaving Iran or doing any music-related activities for 2 years, and he’s required to attend “behavior management” courses held by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (IRI) Prosecutors Office. Toomaj has been transferred to the general population in Isfahan Central Prison.

April 12: "Toomaj is severely injured and needs care outside of prison": Toomaj's uncle

April 10: Global Grassroots Groundswell Urgently Needed: Free Rebel Rapper Toomaj Salehi

On Nov. 25 this photo was posted on IG showing Toomaj Salehi conversing with writer Sepideh Rashno, not wearing the compulsory hijab.
On Nov. 25, flanked by world-renowned Iranian film directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. Photo: @Jafar.Panahi

Videos with English Subtitles

@ToomajSalehi (YouTube) provides a wide variety of music videos, audio files, interviews and conversations. In order to make English-speaking audiences aware of this brilliant lyricist and fierce rebel already widely loved in Iran, IEC is featuring here our playlist "Free Toomaj Salehi, videos subtitled" with short descriptions; some are posted on @ToomajSalehi, some on other channels, and some are special to IEC. We've embedded only the first few of our playlist to reduce page load; click on links to the others.

This is Toomaj Salehi - short introduction to the Iranian rebel rapper, Dec 2022. Created by @ToomajInternationalPage, shared with permission

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Song by @ToomajSalehi and @justinaofficial7114 July 11, 2022; Video Dec 2022 by @ToomajInternationalPage Instagram, translation of lyrics to English by volunteers with International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran's Political Prisoners Now

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Fal, Oct 24 2022. Toomaj acts the part of a fortune teller who reads the future of the Islamic Republic. Spoiler alert: it doesn't look good for them.

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Posted in Farsi July 2021, this is the biting criticism of apologists for the regime which is said to be the "reason" for Toomaj's arrest in Sept 2021.

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"Unite", August 15, 2021, is a moving call "Unite Oh Afghanistan, Unite Oh Iran, Unite brave people".

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July 2022, Powerful collaboration between Toomaj and Justina

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"Noose", Sept 2021, Toomaj with Belikab released this fearless, unrepentant video just as Toomaj was called to court on charges of propaganda for his music.

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"Normal"

June 2021, Toomaj bitingly compares what is "normal" for the rich and connected with the suffering which is normal for poor and working people of Iran.

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Turkmanchai

August 2021, here Toomaj rails against the regime's selling out Iran's interests to China and Russia.

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Battlefield

Posted shortly before his arrest in October 2022, this video stands powerfully and fearlessly with the people rising up in Iran, with footage from the streets.

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"You haven't seen"

Feb 2022: "You can't hear the drums of poverty at the Supreme Commander's house", Toomaj also speaks of the repression of poets, prisoners, and women.

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Visit playlist for more subtitled videos.

Hashtags English - Farsi

#Freedom_for_Toomaj": #آزادی_توماج

#Toomaj_Salehi: #توماج_صالحی

Here are some channels to follow for news, graphics, videos to share. Listing is not intended to indicate IEC endorsement of every statement, nor their endorsement of IEC.

Instagram

Toomaj Salehi - Toomaj's official channel, run by an appointed admin

Free Toomaj Now - ICFTS (International Campaign to Free Toomaj Salehi)

Toomaj fan page

Toomaj International Page- English page with subtitled interviews, original videos

search for #FreeToomaj

Twitter

Toomaj Salehi - Official Twitter, run by appointed admin

Free Toomaj Salehi Campaign

Amir Raesian - lawyer selected by Toomaj's family

YouTube

@ToomajSalehi - official channel

Websites

FreeToomaj.com - website created by Associazione Donna Vita Libertá with international support videos

FreeToomajSalehi.com - website created by Toomaj's family and supported by Eghbal Eghbali, his uncle. Press kit, latest news, actions