Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

It has played out in many ways for decades: Iranian musicians tapping into Western influences, for example, or Iranian women challenging authorities by pushing back their headscarves to nearly gravity-defying styles.

"It wasn't for attracting attention", one of the arrested women said through tears in a broadcast on Friday, according to The Guardian.

Maedeh Hojabri, who was born in Tehran, practiced gymnastics for few years before participating in the sport of Parkour, a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course, which is the reason for her current accusation.

The video was posted on Hojabri's Instagram account, on which she amassed 600,000 followers, The Guardian reported.

"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said. She filmed in her bedroom, not wearing a hijab.

Maedeh Hojabri, 18, was detained for broadcasting clips of herself dancing to Iranian and Western music without a hijab to her 51,000 followers.

Her performances had thousands of followers on various accounts with her name on them, ranging from 12,000 to 66,000 followers.

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Dozens of videos are being shared by Iranian women on social media dancing in support with a teenag girl who was arrested for posting dancing videos on Instagram. She was one of several people recently detained on similar charges before being released on bail, the Associated Press reports.

After her detention Hojabri was featured in a TV program about social media, where she appeared with her face in shadow and was accused by her interviewer of posting images "that disrupt society".

"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", the BBC translated the tweet of one supporter. "Because for them, it's unbelievable!" blogger Hossein Ronaghi tweeted.

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. Iranian officials said last week the judiciary was considering blocking access to Instagram.

Six people were arrested in August after partaking in Zumba, an exercise that involves dancing, the BBC reported.

Many people think authorities will end up banning the photo and video sharing app. Facebook and Twitter are already filtered in the country.

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