Iranian women dance in support of detained teen

Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

Iranian police have said they plan to shut down similar accounts on Instagram, which is used by millions of Iranians.

In the wake of Ms Hojabri's arrest, many Iranian women have been posting their own videos of themselves dancing in support of the teenager, using hashtags such as #dancetofreedom and #dancing_isn't_a_crime.

In an Instagram post, activist Hossein Ronaghi commented: "If you told 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 would laugh!"

Her account, which has been suspended, was reported to have had more than 600,000 followers. In one video, she spoke about the history of parkour, an outdoor activity popular in Iran, and about women practitioners.

"It wasn't for attracting attention", Hojabri said. I did not want to encourage others to do the same. As in Hojabri's case, Iranian TV did not show the faces of the individuals making the confessions.

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.

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This isn't the first time people have been arrested for dancing.

Iran's judiciary and security forces are dominated by hard-liners who launch periodic crackdowns on behavior deemed un-Islamic.

With an increasing number of protests taking place across Iran amid economic woes, conservatives have adopted a more repressive approach in recent months.

Last year, for instance, four men and two women were detained for teaching the Colombian fitness routine Zumba and "Western" dances.

July 9, 2018-Forcing a teenage girl to confess on state TV for the "crime" of posting a video of herself dancing on Instagram represents a blatant violation of freedom of expression and demonstrates the extent to which the authorities are brutally imposing their cultural dictates on the people of Iran.

The group was later charged over seeking to "change lifestyles and promote a lack of hijab", a reference to head coverings for women.

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