BBC reported one 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". "I only do gymnastics", the Guardian newspaper quoted her as saying in the clip broadcast on Iranian state TV. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) condemns the Iranian authorities' arrest and inhumane treatment of 18-year-old Maedeh Hojabri.
"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said.
It shows her without a mandatory headscarf, which is obligatory in the conservative Islamic republic.
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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!
Maedeh Hojabri was arrested by Iranian police after she posted a video of herself dancing.
"In April, the judiciary arrested a senior Iranian official after a video posted online that showed young boys and girls dancing in public in the northeastern holy Shi'ite city of Mashhad for undermining public decency". "I did not work with a network", a crying Hojabri told TV on Friday.
Social media users have shared their own videos and messages of support for Miss Hojabri using the hashtag #dancing_isn't_a_crime. "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 attractive, for spreading indecency, and instead pedophiles are free", a blogger tells the Guardian. "Because for them, it's unbelievable!" blogger Hossein Ronaghi tweeted.
As the BBC notes, six Iranian girls were given sentences of a year in prison and 91 lashes after they were convicted in 2014 of posting videos of themselves dancing to the Pharrell Williams song "Happy". They are considering blocking Instagram alongside other social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Telegram.