Bedroom Police: Iranian Teen Detained over Instagram Dance Videos

Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

The Iranian authorities struck again, arresting an 18-year-old woman for a supposedly provocative dance she videoed and posted to social media. According to BBC's video description, this was just months after a group of young Iranians were arrested for dancing to Pharrell William's Happy.

Maedeh Hojabri, who had more than 40,000 followers on Instagram, recently appeared in a program on state-controlled Iranian television in which she acknowledged breaking moral norms. "I did not work with a network", a crying Hojabri told TV on Friday.

Hojabri has posted over 300 pictures and videos on Instagram and has over 44000 followers. "I only do gymnastics".

While little is known about the teen, her videos have been shared by hundreds of people since her arrest - with activists posting using the hashtag #dancing_isn't_a_crime.

Iranian women are posting videos of themselves dancing, in support of a teenage Instagram star who was arrested.

Some of the videos of Hojabri are still available online on both Instagram and Twitter and show her doing nothing that would be considered scandalous to even conservative American audiences. But more importantly, she is a courageous great warrior against the barbaric regime who took a nation in hostage. 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.

In February, several women removed their headscarves and waved them like flags while standing on public platforms.

Numerous women took to social media with videos of themselves dancing, declaring "dancing is not a crime". Their sentence - one year in prison and 91 lashes - was later suspended. Earlier this year, an official in the city of Mashhad was arrested after footage emerged showing a crowd of men and women dancing at a mall in the city, while six people were arrested for Zumba dancing in August.

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