Women dance in support of Iranian teen arrested over Instagram video

Women Dance To Show Support To Iranian Teen Arrested Over Instagram Clips

Iranians are posting videos of themselves dancing on social media to protest the arrest of a teenager whose seductive dance moves on Instagram landed her in police custody.

Hojabri is also not the first person to be arrested for dancing.

Iranian state TV aired a video in which she apologized for "breaking moral norms" but said any breach was not her intention.

Hojabri and the others who were arrested then appeared on a TV program where they were forced to make the confession.

News coverage of Hojabri's arrest has, ironically, spread the reach of her videos far beyond her Instagram account.

On Tuesday, an Iranian court sentenced a prominent human rights activist to 20 years in prison for participating in the protest.

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The Iranian government is continuing to enforce strict censorship of social media, this time by cracking down on women dancing on Instagram by issuing arrests and publicly shaming the women on state television. " I dance in a public park in Tehran to support Maedeh the 19-year-old girl who got arrested", wrote another supporter.

Islamic law in Iran requires women to wear modest clothing and a headscarf, and prohibits them from dancing in public. I did not want to encourage others to do the same ...

"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", said one supporter in a tweet translated by BBC.

The police have stated that they have plans to shut down similar accounts on Instagram, and the judiciary is now formulating regulations that may severely limit, or completely block the website altogether. "Let people be. Let's not infringe on their privacy, people's private lives belong to them", he told a crowd at a 2018 celebration of the country's Islamic revolution. I didn't work with a team, I received no training. The social media site is one of the only Western social media outlets allowed - Facebook and Twitter are blocked.

"I had some followers and these videos were for them. I only do gymnastics", the Guardian newspaper quoted her as saying in the clip broadcast on Iranian state TV. Also, several hashtags like #dancing_isn't_a_crime emerged on Twitter where social media users shared videos and messages supporting the young dancer.

"Despite this suffocating atmosphere and the threat of imprisonment, people continue to express themselves and protest these restrictions", added Ghaemi. Earlier in January this year, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with "cyberspace experts" to discuss challenges that the internet poses to the country's leadership.

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