Girl Arrested For Posting Videos Of Herself Dancing On Instagram
What does freedom mean to you?
For people in the Islam Republic of Iran, it means having the freedom to post a video of themselves on social media.
So, last week, authorities in Iran arrested four girls and women for posting videos of themselves dancing on Instagram, reports Gizmodo.
Only one of the girls, 17-year-old gymnast Maedeh Hojabri, has been identified. State TV in Iran aired her “confession” on Friday.
Instagram is one of the few Western social media sites not heavily blocked in Iran, and Hojabri posted about 300 photos and videos before her account was temporarily shut down.
Hojabri, who reportedly has often spoken about gymnastics, was not wearing a hijab in the videos that got her into trouble, which is required by law for women in the authoritarian country.
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As The Guardian UK 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. A hashtag, #?????_?????, has emerged, which roughly translates to #dancing_isn’t_a_crime.
“It wasn’t for attracting attention,” one of the arrested women said through tears in a broadcast on Friday, according to The Guardian.
“I had some followers and these videos were for them. I did not have any intention to encourage others doing the same… I didn’t work with a team, I received no training. I only do gymnastics,” she lamented.
This is not the first time this is happening. Recall that in 2014, BBC reported that 6 Iranian girls were given sentences of a year in prison and 91 lashes after they were convicted of positing videos of themselves dancing to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy.”
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