Jailed Iran teen 'confesses' to immoral Instagram dance videos

Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

In 2014, Iran arrested six men and women for dancing in a YouTube video to Pharrell Williams' song Happy.

After the Friday broadcast, Iranian woman have showed their support for the teenager by posting their own dance videos to hashtags that translate as #dance_to_freedom and #dancing_isn't_a_crime.

Some women can be seen without their headscarves, but their faces covered. "The person playing the instrument cut my performance short and left the scene because of the fear that his instruments would be confiscated if police saw a woman dancing".

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There has been widespread outcry over the arrest of Hojabri and the other detainees among Iranians in Iran and overseas, by artists, journalists, activists, politicians and thousands of ordinary citizens on social media.

It was not known whether her public confession was made under duress or whether she was released as a result.

Gymnast Maedeh Hojabri, 18, gained a large social media following for her dance videos set to Western and Iranian pop and rap music.

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"It wasn't for attracting attention", the Instagram star said in her apparent confession. One of them is Elnaz Qasemi, who had more than 600,000 Instagram followers. I did not have any intention to encourage others doing the same ... Iran already blocks Facebook, Twitter and other social media, though many Iranians access them through proxies and VPNs. "I only do gymnastics".

"Free them up", wrote another man dancing at work in tall plastic boots, "Let people live with this little bit of happiness".

The Iranian government has put several restrictions on the public role of women based on Islamic Sharia laws.

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Iranian media outlets reported that authorities were looking into banning more Instagram accounts or shutting down access to the site completely. Similarly, in August previous year, six people were arrested for taking Zumba classes at a public square in Tehran.

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