Iranian women are dancing to protest the arrest of a teenage Instagrammer

Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

Teen detained in Iran for posting videos of herself dancing on Instagram

As of now, it's unclear whether the teen dancer made her statement under duress.

"It wasn't for attracting attention", she said.

Teenager Maedah Hojbari, who has tens of thousands of followers on Instagram, regularly posts videos and images of herself without a headscarf, which is a mandatory piece of clothing for women in Iran when going into public spaces.

Maedeh Hojabri, 19, had posted about 300 videos on her account, many of which showed her dancing. I did not have any intention to encourage others doing the same I didn't work with a team, I received no training.

She said that she was only trying gain more followers.

Little is known about Hojabri's personal life, or which city in Iran she is from, but since her arrest her videos have been shared by hundreds of people, giving her a reach beyond her account. In numerous videos, she did not wear a hijab, which is mandatory for women to wear in public in the country.

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Captioning the video, he writes: 'If you tell people anywhere in the world that girls aged 17 and 18 are arrested due to their beauty, the joy of dance and accused of the crime of prostitution, and predators of children are free, they will laugh!

Many people think authorities will ban Instagram, which remains one of the few unblocked western apps.

A final Iranian Twitter user called out the gravity of the incident.

Iranian police have said they plan to shut down similar accounts on Instagram, and the judiciary is considering blocking access to the site. In 2012, Iran sacked the head of its cyber-police after the blogger Sattar Beheshti died in custody.

According to BBC's video description, this was just months after a group of young Iranians were arrested for dancing to Pharrell William's Happy.

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