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Iranian teen arrested for posting dance videos on Instagram

Iranian women have been arrested for dancing on Instagram Iranian women are being arrested for dancing on Instagram
Jeannette Daniel | 12 July, 2018, 14:28

There has been widespread outcry over the arrest of Hojabri and the other detainees among Iranians in Iran and overseas, by artists, journalists, activists, politicians and thousands of ordinary citizens on social media.

18-year-old gymnast, Maedeh Hojabri was detained by the Police as she posted a video of her dancing to Western pop music in her bedroom.

Women in Iran are defying authorities and posting videos on Instagram in violation of the strict social codes.

In the act of protest, many are taking videos of themselves dancing in public spaces, which is prohibited under the Iranian law and promptly #DancingIsNotACrime is going viral on social media. She also appeared in videos without wearing the obligatory Islamic headscarf.

"But they have no problem giving money to an ayatollah regime that imprisons an 18-year-old who danced without a headscarf". Her videos attracted tens of thousands of followers.

According to Dazed, four women have been arrested in the past week for posting videos of themselves dancing on Instagram. The Times reports authorities have said they may soon ban Instagram, and announced that 51,000 Instagram pages are under surveillance for vulgar and inappropriate videos. I did not have any intention to encourage others doing the same... "I did not work with a network", Hojabri said in tears. "I only do gymnastics", the Guardian newspaper quoted her as saying in the clip broadcast on Iranian state TV.

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It is noted that the face of the girl in the video is made blurry.

Hojabri and an unknown number of other social media users were arrested at an unknown date.

"I'm dancing so that they [the authorities] see and know that they can not take away our happiness and hope by arresting teenagers and [girls like] Maedeh", one social media user wrote according to the BBC.

Hojabri broke her silence this week, a few months since her Instagram was shut down. But more importantly, she is a courageous great warrior against the barbaric regime who took a nation in hostage. Let us know in the comments. Some Iranian news websites reported three other people had been arrested on similar charges in the past weeks. And when it comes to dancing, the rule is equally strict for both genders. It has played out in many ways for decades: Iranian musicians tapping into Western influences, for example, or Iranian women challenging authorities by pushing back their headscarves to nearly gravity-defying styles.

In April, an official of the Islamic guidance department was arrested after a video showing a group of young men and women clapping and dancing during a concert at a shopping mall in Masshad. Again, last year, six people were arrested for Zumba dancing.

The New York Times reports an obscured video of Hojabri appeared on a state television show called "Wrong Path", in which she sobbed as she said dancing is a crime in Iran and that her family was unaware that she was posting videos to social media.

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