Iranian police officer. 'Rap groups are a bad influence'
After restricting "Western-percieved" contents in universities, Iranian authorities have taken on the local music scene. Tehran police announced Sunday that it arrested several youngsters on Saturday who engaged in the making of "subversive and inappropriate" rap music.
Tehran District Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia said the bands "made shameless music which they broadcast on the internet and via satellite." The police chief noted that the band members operated out of "abandoned buildings whose windows they covered with dirty curtains" in order to evade the authorities.
The group was caught in possession of recording devices and "Western" instruments, as well as a number of bottles of alcohol which were confiscated, Sajedinia said.
"They recorded music and filmed video clips in a subversive way. They then distributed the songs on CDs and via satellite networks and the internet," he added.
"These bands use the lowest form of street talk, and such is the way of the people we arrested. They also acknowledged they had departed from the normal course of life and aspire to a life of limitless indolence."
Sajedinia claimed the groups were a bad influence on Iranian teenagers and advocate inappropriate conduct. "All these pave the way to alienating the younger generation from the culture of Islam," he noted.
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