Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Woman Arrested in Iran for Posting Videos of Herself Dancing on Instagram

Woman Arrested in Iran for Posting Videos of Herself Dancing on Instagram

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.

The detention of an Iranian teenager for posting her dance videos on Instagram has sparked outrage on social media. "I'm dancing for liberty and joy, which are your right", said one middle-aged woman who posted a video of herself dancing in her living room.

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Also, several hashtags like #dancing_isn't_a_crime emerged on Twitter where social media users shared videos and messages supporting the young dancer. "The person playing the instrument cut my performance short and left the scene because of the fear that his instruments would be confiscated if police saw a woman dancing".

Interested in Iran? Add Iran as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Iran news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Sounding tearful and shaken at times, she said she did it because "some people liked me". One of them is Elnaz Qasemi, who had more than 600,000 Instagram followers.

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Law enforcers have arrested three more people on similar charges, according to reports of Iranian media outlets. I did not have any intention to encourage others doing the same ... "I did not work with a network", a crying Hojabri told TV on Friday.

Maedeh Hojabri, an 18-year-old Instagram star in Iran, was detained last week after posting hundreds of videos showing her dancing. "I only do gymnastics". The Iranian government has strict rules governing women's clothing and dancing with members of the opposite sex in public is banned, except in front of immediate family members.

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Six people were arrested in August after partaking in Zumba, an exercise that involves dancing, the BBC reported. According to the Associated Press, Iranian authorities are considering blocking access to Instagram, but no final decision has been made.

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