Women in Iran have been sharing videos of themselves dancing on social media, in support of a teenager who was arrested.
Women across Iran are posting videos of themselves dancing online after several people were reportedly arrested for sharing similar videos on Instagram.
Maedeh Hojabri, an 18-year-old gymnast, was arrested after posting clips of herself dancing in her bedroom to her thousands of Instagram followers. The identities of the other detainees have not been confirmed, according to the The Guardian.
Since her arrest Hojabri has appeared on national TV with other detainees to make a public apology.
“It wasn’t for attracting attention,” she said, with her face blurred and crying. “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.”
Hojabri’s videos were filmed in her bedroom as she danced to Western and Iranian music without wearing a hijab, which is mandatory in public in Iran.
Instagram remains one of the few unblocked apps in the country. Currently, Facebook and Twitter are filtered.
In protest, many people have taken to Twitter to share videos of themselves dancing in protest using the hashtag, #DancingIsNotACrime.
I dance in a public park in Tehran to support Maedeh the 19 year old girl who got arrested for dancing.— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) July 7, 2018
در پارک هنرمندان بدونحجاب اجباری رقصیدم ولی نوازنده نگران اینکه بساطش جمع بشه با عذرخواهی آهنگ رو قطع کرد.
برای حمایت از #مائده_هژبری بیا #برقص_تا_برقصیم pic.twitter.com/8JtGU4QOzI
میرقصم تا ببیند و بدانند با گرفتن نوجوانها و مائده ها نمیتوانند شادی و امید را از ما بگیرند و ما امید به دیدن ایرانی آزاد،شاد و با آینده روشن داریم.#مائده_هژبری #برقص_تا_برقصیم #westandtogether#westandwithpahlavi— داش مَموشی (@dashmamush2014) July 8, 2018
ریتوییت لطفا تا همه ببینند🙏 pic.twitter.com/oGsWPSETGL
In London, Amnesty International took to the street to dance in solidarity with “Maedeh Hojabri and other brave girls and women demanding their rights in Iran”.
Iranian authorities recently arrested a teenage girl because she loves dancing & had posted her videos to Instagram. In response, my wonderful @amnesty colleagues joined in solidarity with Maedeh Hojabri & other brave girls and women demanding their rights in Iran #برقص_تا_برقصیم pic.twitter.com/TgISoaDVLH— Mansoureh #FBPE (@Mansourehmi) July 9, 2018