Coldplay perform Iranian protest anthem with exiled actress Golshifteh Farahani

Coldplay perform Iranian protest anthem with exiled actress Golshifteh Farahani
British band Coldplay performed a cover of the Iranian protest anthem 'Baraye' alongside exiled actress Golshifteh Farahani as part of the group's world tour.
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31 October, 2022
Coldplay dedicated the song to 'young women... fighting for their freedom' in Iran [Getty]

Coldplay performed a cover of the Iranian protest anthem 'Baraye' during their world tour on Friday in another show of support for activists in Iran facing huge government repression.

The band performed the song alongside exiled Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani during a show in Buenos Aires that was broadcast live to fans across the world.

Iran has witnessed a wave of protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of morality police, who was detained on 16 September for allegedly now wearing her headscarf 'properly'.

Coldplay has shown support for the protesters before, who are calling for the dissolving of the morality police and an end to obligatory dress codes.

"We are going to sing a song that is being sung by many people in Iran… young women and young people are fighting for their freedom," Coldplay's lead singer Christ Martin said on stage.

"We fully send our love and support to all of those brave… people... we’re going to send this with love from here to Iran,” he added, before performing the song 

A video of Shervin Hajipour, who wrote Baraye, also appeared on screens showing him singing the protest anthem.

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Hajipour was detained by authorities after the song went viral amid a deadly Iranian crackdown on the unrest.

He was released on bail on 4 October and has remained low-key ever since.

Coldplay released a statement earlier this month in support of protesters in Iran, alongside other well-known celebrities including Palestinian-American supermodel Bella Hadid, Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef, and Angelina Jolie.

The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards warned protesters that Saturday would be their last day of taking to the streets, in a sign that security forces may intensify their crackdown on unrest sweeping the country.

Rights groups have said at least 250 protesters have been killed in protests across the country so far.