In Iran a teenage girl was arrested for dancing in Instagram


Many women's activists responded by posting their own videos of themselves dancing.

Teenager Maedah Hojbari, who has tens of thousands of followers on Instagram, regularly posts videos and images of herself without a headscarf, which is a mandatory piece of clothing for women in Iran when going into public spaces.

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

As The Guardian reports, not much is known about Hojabri, but she's become the face of a resistance movement against modesty laws for women in the Islamic country. "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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Hojabri is not only Iranian to have been arrested by the authorities for such behavior.

According to AP, it was unclear whether her statement was made under duress.

"It wasn't for attracting attention", the Instagram star said in her apparent confession. Many of them have been performing dance forms like the Australian shuffle on the streets (video below). I did not have any intention to encourage others doing the same... "I did not work with a network", a crying Hojabri told TV on Friday.

She had posted around 300 videos on her account, many of which showed her dancing. "I only do gymnastics". People in Iran typically get around government blocks of sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by using VPNs. 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.

In August previous year, six women were arrested for dancing Zumba, a modern and popular dance style. Iranian officials said last week the judiciary was considering blocking access to Instagram.