Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Iranian women have been arrested for dancing on Instagram

Iranian women have been arrested for dancing on Instagram

According to the New York Times, with more than 600,000 followers on her Instagram, Hojabri uploaded her dancing videos on the social media platform.

A young woman from Tehran, who became a dancing sensation on Instagram, was arrested for uploading videos of herself dancing to the tunes of both Iranian and Western music.

Iran has seen a major crackdown on Instagram influencers as authorities have reportedly arrested at least four women in the past week for posting videos onto the app.

As the BBC notes, six Iranian girls were given sentences of a year in prison and 91 lashes after they were convicted in 2014 of positing videos of themselves dancing to the Pharrell Williams song "Happy". Maedeh is one of so many fearless Iranians fighting for their human rights.

"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. Sharing her own dancing clip, @Marun_1 said:"usually I don't share pictures and videos but today is an important day". I did not want to encourage others to do the same ...

A 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. "I only do gymnastics", she continued.

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Hojabri and an unknown number of other social media users were arrested at an unknown date.

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.

A blogger, Hossein Ronaghi, told The Guardian, "People would laugh at you if you tell anyone in the world that [in Iran] they arrest 17-year-olds and 18-year-olds for dancing, being happy and being attractive, for spreading indecency, and instead paedophiles are free". Just last month, a series of protests broke out in Tehran's Grand Bazaar over the collapse of the country's currency in recent months.

The teenager was one of many detained by authorities for posting videos on Instagram that were seen to be in violation of the Islamic republic's strict social codes.

The Iranian National Parliament on Wednesday weighed in, and criticised the arrest of the teenager.

The secretary of the influential Guardian Council, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, has relayed Khamenei's stand in the past, having reportedly said in a joint session of the Assembly of Experts on 25 January that "cyberspace is a curse threatening our lives".

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