Iranians Outraged over Arrest of Teenager for Instagram Dancing Clips

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BBC reported one Twitter user wrote: "I'm dancing so that they [the authorities] see and know that they can not take away our happiness and hope by arresting teenagers and (girls like) Maedeh".

"It wasn't for attracting attention", she said.

"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said. The 18-year-old gymnast was detained after she was seen dancing to pop music in her bedroom and was not wearing a headscarf, which is required in the country.

Maedeh Hojabri, the 19-year-old Iranian teenager who was arrested by Iranian authorities over posting videos while dancing on her Instagram account.

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!

Iranian women are posting videos of themselves dancing, in support of a teenage Instagram star who was arrested.

"I didn't work with a team, I received no training".

Also, several hashtags like #dancing_isn't_a_crime emerged on Twitter where social media users shared videos and messages supporting the young dancer.

No charges have been announced in Hojabri's case but the day her forced confession was aired, the head of Tehran's cyber-police Touraj Kazemi announced that people who post "indecent" material online would be pursued for committing crimes against national security.

"For centuries people have uncovered themselves and danced and this religion wasn't harmed", Iranian cleric Mohammad-Reza Zaeri wrote on his Instagram page.

The potential charges against Hojabri were not specified, but she is likely to be accused of running afoul of Islamic codes of behavior that call for modesty in attire and behavior. "Because for them, it's unbelievable!" In 2014, six Iranians were arrested after they were captured on video dancing to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy".

The news caused outrage across social media, notably among numerous Iranian diaspora.

Last year, for instance, four men and two women were detained for teaching the Colombian fitness routine Zumba and "Western" dances. According to the Associated Press, Iranian authorities are considering blocking access to Instagram, but no final decision has been made.

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