Iranian women are dancing to protest the arrest of a teenage Instagrammer

09 Juillet, 2018, 21:44 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

"I did not have any intention to encourage others doing the same".

On social media, Hojabri's arrest received many supporters who went to share videos for them while dancing, using hashtags like #FreeMaedeh, #MaedehHojabri or #DancingIsNotACrime. 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. "I'm dancing for liberty and joy, which are your right", said one middle-aged woman who posted a video of herself dancing in her living room. I didn't work with a team, I received no training.

Hojabri's arrest, however, has prompted outrage among other social media users. "I only do gymnastics", the Guardian newspaper quoted her as saying in the clip broadcast on Iranian state TV. To the tune of Western and Iranian pop and rap music, the teenager bopped and twirled in her bedroom without wearing the compulsory Islamic headscarf or hijab.

Another video for a woman dancing at a park in Tehran.

"You will be laughed at 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", wrote Iranian blogger and political dissident Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki.

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Now, Iranian women are sharing Hojabri's videos on their own pages and paying homage to the teen with videos of themselves dancing in public, many without hijab. But more importantly, she is a courageous great warrior against the barbaric regime who took a nation in hostage.

This is not the first time women have become victims of Iran's strict rules. Another post showed a man holding a birthday cake and dancing, with the comment, "dancing isn't a crime".

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

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