Iranian women dance for justice after government detains teen for video

Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

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

"For centuries people have uncovered themselves and danced and this religion wasn't harmed", Iranian cleric Mohammad-Reza Zaeri wrote on his Instagram page. Though the original account was shut down, her videos were posted online by other accounts with several thousand followers each. I didn't work with a team, I received no training. She was among the many Instagram users arrested by authorities for posting videos on the social media platform in recent weeks.

But Hojabri's videos are now suddenly at the center of the latest conflict between religious hard-liners and Iranian liberals seeking more liberties.

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Hojabri recorded and posted around 300 videos on Instagram of herself dancing in what Iran would deem an "immoral" manner. "I only do gymnastics".

One filmed herself dancing in a park in Tehran, though she was wearing a headscarf, which breaks strict rules set by the Islamic regime.

Dozens of Iranian women have flooded social media with videos of themselves dancing in solidarity with an arrested Instagram star.

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With hashtags that translate as #dance to freedom and #dancing_isn't_a_crime, Iranian women, many also without the mandatory hijab, have started posting their own videos in support of Hojabri.

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! But more importantly, she is a fearless great warrior against the barbaric regime who took a nation in hostage.

In Iran, women are required to cover their hair while out in public, and dancing with the opposite sex is prohibited unless it is in front of immediate family members, according to the BBC.

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In April, an official of the Islamic guidance department was arrested after a video showing a group of young men and women clapping and dancing during a concert at a shopping mall in Masshad. The sentencing was later suspended.

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