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Teenager who posted dance videos on social media…

Iran has detained a teenager who made dance videos in her bedroom and then posted them on social media. Maedeh Hojabri 18 had garnered 600,00 followers before her arrest and her Instagram account was shut down Bedroom Police Iranian Teen Detained over Instagram Dance Videos Twitter 8 Jul 2018
Ellis Copeland | 11 July, 2018, 15:54

Maedeh Hojabri, 18, has more than 51,000 followers on her Instagram account where she posts clips of herself dancing to Iranian and Western music, along with selfies and snaps with her friends and family.

Hojabri also appeared in some videos without a headscarf, an obligatory dress code for women in Iran.

Several people on social media have spoken up in support of Hojabri, and against the overall situation in Iran. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, for example, women have been forced to wear the headscarf. "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". One of them is Elnaz Qasemi, who had more than 600,000 Instagram followers.

A local news website, Shabooneh, said the girl and three others were detained on similar charges in recent weeks before being released on bail.

"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said. "I did not work with a network", a crying Hojabri told TV on Friday.

Protesting the girl's arrest, a number of women posted videos of themselves dancing online.

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!

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The teenage gymnast reassured authorities that it was not her intention to do so. "Because for them, it's unbelievable!" the comment read.

Iranian authorities have previously cracked down on dancing.

On Saturday, the Iranian government channel First TV published the confessions of Instagram models, who admitted to "promoting moral deviation".

Earlier this year, a city official in Mashhad was arrested after footage emerged of men and women dancing at a mall in the city.

In August previous year, six women were arrested for dancing Zumba, a modern and popular dance style.

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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