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‘Dancing is not a crime’ – Iranian women post videos in act of defiance against hard-line regime

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

Maedeh Hojabri, 18, was detained for broadcasting clips of herself dancing to Iranian and Western music without a hijab to her 51,000 followers.

State TV showed a video in which Ms Hojabri admitted breaking ‘moral norms’ but insisted she was only trying to gain more followers.

Dozens of Iranian women have flooded social media with videos of themselves dancing in solidarity with an arrested Instagram star, including this one in a Tehran park

Dozens of Iranian women have flooded social media with videos of themselves dancing in solidarity with an arrested Instagram star, including this one in a Tehran park

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

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

Iranian woman are not allowed to dance in front of men except for close family members.

Another danced on the steps of a mosque as an act of defiance, saying she would rather go to jail than be 'imprisoned' in her bedroomAnother danced on the steps of a mosque as an act of defiance, saying she would rather go to jail than be ‘imprisoned’ in her bedroom
Numerous women took to social media with videos of themselves dancing, declaring 'dancing is not a crime'

This one his her face for fear or retaliation from authorities

Numerous women took to social media with videos of themselves dancing, declaring ‘dancing is not a crime’

Another danced on the steps of a mosque as an act of defiance, saying she would rather go to jail than be ‘imprisoned’ in her bedroom.

Iranian blogger and freedom of speech activist Hossein Ronaghi re-posted one of Ms Hojabri’s videos on Twitter.

Captioning the video, he writes: ‘If you tell people anywhere in the world that girls aged 17 and 18 are arrested because of their beauty, the joy of dance and accused of the crime of prostitution, and predators of children are free, they will laugh! Because it is not possible to believe it!’

Maedeh Hojabri, 18, was arrested by Iranian authorities last week over videos posted on her social media accounts

Ms Hojabri would post clips of herself dancing in her home, as well as selfies and pictures from her daily life - sometimes with and sometimes without the mandatory hijab

Ms Hojabri would post clips of herself dancing in her home, as well as selfies and pictures from her daily life – sometimes with and sometimes without the mandatory hijab

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

Ms Hojabri had posted about 300 videos on her account, many of which showed her dancing in both Iranian and Western styles without wearing the obligatory hijab.

Her videos appears on various Instagram accounts attributed to her, however none have been verified.

Iran has already blocked access to many social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Telegram messaging app. Millions of Iranians continue to use the sites through proxies and VPNs.

Iranian state TV broadcast a video in which Ms Hojabri confessed to breaking ‘moral norms’ while insisting that was not her intention

It is not known if Ms Hojabri made the statement while under duress

Women have been posting their own dancing videos on social media to protest the arrest of the teenager in Iran

Women have been posting their own dancing videos on social media to protest the arrest of the teenager in Iran

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

The latest arrests came amid a series of protests against the government’s handling of the economy.

In 2014, authorities sentenced six young men and women to suspended sentences of one year imprisonment and 91 lashes after they appeared in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Happy.’

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