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Iranian women post videos of themselves dancing in support of arrested teenager

11 July 2018, 09:39 | Erica Roy

Maedeh Hojabri of Iran dances in a video uploaded to social media. She was detained by Iranian authorities over the videos

Maedeh Hojabri of Iran dances in a video uploaded to social media. She was detained by Iranian authorities over the videos

She filmed herself dancing and posted videos online-and now she's been arrested.

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian activist and journalist, posted the following video of herself dancing without her obligatory headscarf.

Her account, which has been suspended, was reported to have had more than 600,000 followers.

Several people on social media have spoken up in support of Hojabri, and against the overall situation in Iran.

Hojabri and others facing similar accusations previously appeared on Iranian state TV in a video in which the young gymnast - potentially speaking under duress - acknowledged producing the videos.

"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said. "It wasn't for attracting attention", she said, according to The Guardian.


"Iranian television broadcast this video, in which the author Maedeh Hojabri, which, according to media reports, somewhere 18-19 years, calling that violates moral standards, insisting that it is not advised to follow her example", - is spoken in the message.

One Twitter user wrote: "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". "I did not work with a network", a crying Hojabri told TV on Friday.

"For centuries people have uncovered themselves and danced and this religion wasn't harmed", Iranian cleric Mohammad-Reza Zaeri wrote on his Instagram page. "We praise and admire her as a leader to let our voices for freedom to be heard".

The Iranian government has enforced strict rules involving dress codes and dancing in public. Men and women are banned from dancing in public.

Numerous women took to social media with videos of themselves dancing, declaring "dancing is not a crime".

In 2014, Iran arrested three men women and three men for dancing in a YT video to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy".



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