Teen arrested in Iran after posting videos of her dancing online

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

This is not the first time Iranian authorities have cracked down on dancing.

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

Iranian police have also arrested other popular Instagram users as part of what appears to be a broader crackdown against the social media platform.

Hojabri had uploaded around 300 videos to her account, in which she can be seen dancing in both Iranian and Western styles, without the compulsory hijab.

"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said.

Under Iran's Islamic Sharia law, women are required to wear headscarves and modest clothing in public and are banned from dancing in public.

The Iranian authorities struck again, arresting an 18-year-old woman for a supposedly provocative dance she videoed and posted to social media.

Captioning the video, he writes: 'If you tell people anywhere in the world that girls aged 17 and 18 are arrested due to their beauty, the joy of dance and accused of the crime of prostitution, and predators of children are free, they will laugh!

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But before her detention, Hojabri, who is in her late teens, reportedly posted dozens of clips of herself dancing to Iranian pop music and Western tunes like DJ Snake's "Let me love you" and Sia's "Cheap Thrills". She posts videos of dancing at home without her hijab.

"I didn't work with a team, I received no training".

Shabooneh, a local news website, said Hojabri and three other individuals were detained on similar charges in recent weeks before being released on bail. "I only do gymnastics".

Blogger Hossein Ronaghi commented: "If you tell people anywhere in the world that 17 and 18-year-old girls are arrested for their dance, happiness and beauty on charges of spreading indecency, while child rapists and others are free, they will laugh!"

Many women's activists responded by posting their own videos of themselves dancing. "Because for them, it's unbelievable!"

"For centuries people have uncovered themselves and danced and this religion wasn't harmed", Iranian cleric Mohammad-Reza Zaeri wrote on his Instagram page. In 2014, six people who appeared in an online video dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" on the streets were sentenced to a one-year jail term and 91 lashes.

Access to many social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Telegram messaging app are blocked in Iran.

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