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Teen Arrested in Iran Over Instagram Dancing Videos

11 July 2018, 09:38 | Glen Norman

Iranian teen posted these videos of her dancing. They got her arrested

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She has posted over 300 videos with her dances to national and Western music. She was among the many Instagram users arrested by authorities for posting videos on the social media platform in recent weeks. Yet, she has amassed thousands of followers for her moves.

Social media users have shared their own videos and messages of support for Miss Hojabri using the hashtag #dancing_isn't_a_crime.

Following the arrest of Iranian teenage dancer, Maedeh Hojabri, on Friday and her confession to breaking norms, a number of women in the Islamic Republic have posted videos of themselves dancing in solidarity with Hojabri. I did not want to encourage others to do the same.

"It wasn't for attracting attention", she said.

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One filmed herself dancing in a park in Tehran, though she was wearing a headscarf, which breaks strict rules set by the Islamic regime.

Another woman 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 didn't work with a team, I received no training. The problem? Maedeh Hojabri lives in Iran. "I only do gymnastics".

"For centuries people have uncovered themselves and danced and this religion wasn't harmed", Iranian cleric Mohammad-Reza Zaeri wrote on his Instagram page.

Iranian authorities have previously cracked down on dancing. Another post showed a man holding a birthday cake and dancing, with the comment, "dancing isn't a crime".

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Since it is hard for women to play an active part in public life, communicating on social media platforms like Telegram and Instagram has become extremely popular.

In 2014, six young Iranians were sentenced to a year in prison and 91 lashes for doing a jig to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy", on the streets and rooftops of Tehran.

Six people were arrested in August after partaking in Zumba, an exercise that involves dancing, the BBC reported. The sentencing was later suspended.

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