Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

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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.

"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said.

Khojabiri said she only wanted only to attract more subscribers to her page. Her account appears to be back up as of this morning.

Social media users across the world have reacted strongly to the teenager's arrest, as dozens of tweets populated the hashtag under Hojbari's name. Hojabri posted a new video just hours ago addressing her critics.

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A 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".

Hojabri is not only Iranian to have been arrested by the authorities for such behavior.

Zahra Rahnavard, the opposition Green Movement leader who has been under house arrest in Iran without charge for over seven years was quoted by the Kaleme website as saying, "The head of the IRIB should apologize to the shared conscience of the people of Iran". State TV in Iran aired her "confession" on Friday.

Hojabri had been dancing in a public forum, which is frowned upon in conservative Iranian circles, and doing so without the headscarf prescribed by Iran's clerical rulers.

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The three men and three women were later sentenced to suspended jail time and lashes.

Iran's judiciary and security forces are dominated by hard-liners who launch periodic crackdowns on behaviour deemed un-Islamic.

In the released confessions, four young girls talked about publishing dance videos on Instagram.

The Iranian government has strict rules governing women's clothing and dancing with members of the opposite sex in public is banned, except in front of immediate family members. They were later charged with seeking to "change lifestyles and promote lack of hijab".

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