Iranian women dance for justice after government detains teen for video

Iranian women dance for justice after government detains teen for video

In one video, she spoke about the history of parkour, an outdoor activity popular in Iran, and about women practitioners.

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.

Hojabri, who had more than 60,000 followers on Instagram, appeared on state television Friday and confessed to breaking moral norms, an appearance that activist believe was a forced. "I only do gymnastics".

After her detention Hojabri was featured in a TV program about social media, where she appeared with her face in shadow and was accused by her interviewer of posting images "that disrupt society". According to Shabooneh, a local news website, three other individuals were also released on bail after receiving similar charges.

Hojabri recorded and posted around 300 videos on Instagram of herself dancing in what Iran would deem an "immoral" manner.

Blogger Hossein Ronaghi said, "People would laugh at you if you tell anyone in the world that [in Iran] they arrest 17-year-olds and 18-year-olds for dancing, being happy and being handsome, for spreading indecency, and instead paedophiles are free".

Trump Administration Readies Tariffs On $200 Billion Of Chinese Imports
On Tuesday, the Office of the US Trade Representative proposed 10 percent tariffs on a list of 6,031 Chinese product lines. Instead of giving in, however, China hit back with dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs on USA products.

Dozens of Iranian women have flooded social media with videos of themselves dancing in solidarity with an arrested Instagram star.

She claims she was trying only trying to gain followers.

Iranian media outlets reported that authorities were looking into banning more Instagram accounts or shutting down access to the site completely. Iranian-American journalist Arash Sigarchi tweeted: "40 years ago, dance were taught in school in Iran but after the Islamic revolution 1979 it became a big crime!"

Iranian authorities have previously cracked down on dancing.

Dancing with people of the opposite sex with who are not relatives is forbidden. They were later charged with seeking to "change lifestyles and promote lack of hijab". In 2014, a group of Pharrell Williams fans arrested for sharing videos of themselves dancing to the song Happy on the rooftops of Tehran and got suspended sentences of imprisonment and lashes.

Related Articles

  • Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon semis

    Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon semis

    It may be that today, for the first time, Serena Williams does not manage to intimidate her opponent before a ball is struck. "It was a good win but it was tougher than the scoreline to be honest". 'I don't know what to say right now.
    Queen pays tribute to mark 100 years of Britain's Royal Air Force

    Queen pays tribute to mark 100 years of Britain's Royal Air Force

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Westminster Abbey service. A total of 17 royals flanked the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF celebrations .
    Trump has chosen his Supreme Court nominee, source says

    Trump has chosen his Supreme Court nominee, source says

    While that argument won't sway Republicans, their strategy could stiffen Democratic resolve to oppose the nominee. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee , told NPR's Morning Edition .
  • Arsenal sign midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient

    Arsenal sign midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient

    Ozil has chose to switch to the No 10 shirt which was freed up when Jack Wilshere left Arsenal to move to West Ham. France under-21 midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is expected to have a medical at the club in the coming days.
    Trump pardons Oregon ranchers who inspired refuge standoff

    Trump pardons Oregon ranchers who inspired refuge standoff

    Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, a key protester according to The Chicago Tribune , was fatally shot on January 26 by Oregon State Police. The Hammonds' case became the inspiration for the 40-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016.
    France progress to World Cup final with 1-0 win over Belgium

    France progress to World Cup final with 1-0 win over Belgium

    Gareth Southgat has tried to avoid the football anthem Three Lions for the past 20 years, as it brought back memories of his penalty miss at Euro 96.
  • Princess Charlotte Tells Press 'You're Not Coming' At Christening

    Royal fanatics have speculated that Kate Middleton paid a secret tribute to Princess Diana at the christening of Prince Louis . Alexander McQueen has previously designed Kate's wedding dress as well as ensembles for the previous two christenings as well.
    LeBron James Officially Signs With The Lakers

    LeBron James Officially Signs With The Lakers

    He loves to compete and is an awesome leader who is about winning and making sure that his team-mates are successful. The Lakers are excited to have a team-mate who has gone nine times to the NBA Finals.
    Belgium denied by 'small margins' in France defeat, says Martinez

    Belgium denied by 'small margins' in France defeat, says Martinez

    Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep. Defender Samuel Umtiti's goal from a corner sends France through to the World Cup final .
  • Eight Out Alive: More Daring Cave Rescue Success!

    Eight Out Alive: More Daring Cave Rescue Success!

    Narongsak Osottanakorn , head of the rescue operation, said a team of divers went back into the cave Monday morning, local time. Witnesses say the boys freed Monday were treated at a make-shift hospital at the site, before being taken to a local hospital.
    Thai cave rescue: 4 ambulances transport more of trapped youth soccer team

    Thai cave rescue: 4 ambulances transport more of trapped youth soccer team

    The rescued boys were being treated by medics at the field hospital, and were later airlifted to a larger nearby hospital. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of worldwide experts and rescuers, including a US military team.
    Belgian sights firmly set on World Cup victory, says defender Vermaelen

    Belgian sights firmly set on World Cup victory, says defender Vermaelen

    Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 games for Belgium (8 goals, 6 assists). This summer's edition of Les Bleus is composed of players who know France as a country that can win.