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Iranians dance in support of woman arrested for dancing

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Iranians dance in support of woman arrested for dancingIranians around the web danced to protest the detention of the Instagram teen
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Iranians dance in support of woman arrested for dancing

VIDEO SHOWS: IRANIAN MAN AND WOMAN DANCING RESENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT SHOWS: TEHRAN, IRAN (JULY 8, 2018) (VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

IRANIAN MAN DANCING ISTANBUL, TURKEY (JULY 8, 2018) (VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 2.

IRANIAN WOMAN DANCING STORY: Using the hashtag #Dancingisnotacrime, Iranian people posted videos of themselves dancing on Sunday (July 8) criticising the arrest of gymnast Maedeh Hojabri, 18.

Hojabri shared a video on Instagram of herself dancing in her room.

One video shows a man dancing in Tehran.

Another video shows Iranian refugee Solmaz Eikder, a 36-year-old journalist, female activist, and reformist who was imprisoned twice and escaped to Istanbul, Turkey.

Before her account was blocked by Iranian authorities, Hojabri had posted around 300 videos on her Instagram account - in which she appeared without wearing the compulsory Islamic headscarf.

Under Iran's Islamic Sharia law, women are required to wear headscarves and modest clothing in public and are banned from dancing in public.

The potential charges against Hojabri were not specified, but she is likely to be accused of running afoul of Islamic codes of behavior that call for modesty in attire and behavior.

Access to many social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Telegram messaging app are blocked in Iran.

Iranian officials said last week the judiciary was considering blocking access to Instagram.

But many Iranians evade the filtering through the use of VPN software, which provides encrypted links directly to private networks abroad, and can allow a computer to behave as if it is based in another country.




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