Iranian girl detained for posting dance videos , twitter erupts with outrage

Maedeh Hojabri of Iran dances in a video uploaded to social media. She was detained by Iranian authorities over the videos

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

Maedeh Hojabri, an 18-year-old Instagram star in Iran, was detained last week after posting hundreds of videos showing her dancing.

Iranian state TV showed Hojabri and other detainees confessing to breaking moral conventions, according to the Associated Press, who reported that it was "unclear whether her statement was made under duress". I did not have any intention to encourage others doing the same...

"It wasn't for attracting attention", she said, according to the Guardian's translation.

Since 2017, FATA has arrested many women charged with publishing un-Islamic photos and videos on social media.

Through Hojabri's videos, in which she danced to Iranian as well as western pop and rap music, she gained more than 600,000 Instagram followers. "I only do gymnastics".

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Iranian police have also arrested other popular Instagram users as part of what appears to be a broader crackdown against the social media platform.

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.

One person commented: "Awesome excellent dancer". It has played out in many ways for decades: Iranian musicians tapping into Western influences, for example, or Iranian women challenging authorities by pushing back their headscarves to nearly gravity-defying styles. They are banned from appearing in public without headscarves, were told to wear a long tunic over their regular clothes and are restricted from soccer stadiums, a rule that was lifted briefly during this year's World Cup.

Since it is hard for women to play an active part in public life, communicating on social media platforms like Telegram and Instagram has become extremely popular. Similarly, in August a year ago, six people were arrested for taking Zumba classes at a public square in Tehran.

The three men and three women were later sentenced to suspended jail time and lashes.

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