A musician who is trying to enter Australia claims to have fled Iran after 60 of his friends were arrested at an unauthorised concert.
The musician, whose identity has been withheld, said that several music teachers were among those dragged off to jail. He wrote a letter to The Age newspaper, seeking its help in securing admission. He is being held in an offshore asylum seekers’ pen on Manus Island.
His genre is heavy metal, but the Mullah restrictions in Iran apply to all forms of music.