Dissident rapper Toomaj Salehi was arrested by security forces at his home and taken to an unknown location.
Salehi’s relatives broke the news on Instagram.
Salehi’s home was searched and his personal belongings confiscated upon his arrest.
According to the message, which was released on Sunday, 12 officers raided Toomaj Salehi’s home and after inspecting it, transferred him to an unknown location.
Toomaj Salehi had protested against the regime’s policies in his two recent books, “Normal Life” and “Mouse Hole”, which have been widely adopted by users of Iranian social networks.
Toomaj Salehi’s rap music addresses issues such as workers ‘strikes, government corruption, executions and imprisonment, the 25-year unpatriotic deal with China, and artists’ disregard for social issues.
Iranian social media users protested Toomaj Salehi’s arrest and demanded his release under the hashtag #FreeToomaj.
Prior to his arrest, Salehi announced on his Twitter account that he could be arrested and wrote: “Well comrades I keep my phone at bay because they probably have my location because of it. Don’t worry, I won’t let them stop me because we have a lot to do with them! I’ll get a secure phone in a few days.
In another tweet, he said: “You should know that I am not afraid of death, imprisonment and torture. What I fear is seeing women selling their bodies out of envy and shutting my mouth. I’m scared to watch people bend waist-deep in the trash [to find food] But shut up ; see you beat a worker and remain silent; to witness the murder of a protester and the torture of his family in search of justice, and shut up… There is a sea of blood between you and me.