Iranian girl detained for posting dance videos , twitter erupts with outrage

Iranian girl detained for posting dance videos , twitter erupts with outrage

Iranian girl detained for posting dance videos , twitter erupts with outrage

In one video, she spoke about the history of parkour, an outdoor activity popular in Iran, and about women practitioners. "I only do gymnastics". Last Friday, she and other detainees, whose identity could not be confirmed, appeared on Iranian TV.

Another person, Masih Alinejad, posted a video of herself defiantly dancing in a public park in Tehran.

The 18-year-old girl apparently has around 60,000 followers on Instagram.

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Hojabri had uploaded around 300 videos to her account, in which she can be seen dancing in both Iranian and Western styles, without the compulsory hijab.

Iran's Police for the Sphere of the Production and Exchange of Information (FATA) - better known as Iranian Cyber Police - are monitoring and shutting down Instagram accounts that publish videos of dance lessons. Some Iranian news websites reported three other people had been arrested on similar charges in the past weeks. "Because for them, it's unbelievable!" the comment read.

Social media users shared videos and messages supporting the young dancer, using hashtags such as one that translates as #dancing_isn't_a_crime.

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"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", the BBC translated the tweet of one supporter.

On Saturday, the Iranian government channel First TV published the confessions of Instagram models, who admitted to "promoting moral deviation".

Women in Iran have been protesting against Iran's strict modesty laws for years now through dance. The video quickly went viral but also provoked the dismay of conservative Iranian authorities. They were later charged with seeking to "change lifestyles and promote lack of hijab". In 2014, a group of Pharrell Williams fans were arrested for filming themselves dancing to the song Happy on the rooftops of Tehran. they received suspended sentences of imprisonment and 91 lashes.

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