Watch: Iran citizens dance to protest teen's arrest over Instagram videos
File photo: Maedeh Hojabri Photograph: (Instagram)
Iranian social-media users are expressing support for a teenager who was detained over her Instagram dance videos by posting their own clips showing them dancing in solidarity.
Maedeh Hojabri, 18, has more than 51,000 followers on her Instagram account where she posts clips of herself dancing to Iranian and Western music, along with selfies and snaps with her friends and family.
On Friday, Iranian state TV broadcast a video in which Ms Hojabri confessed to breaking 'moral norms' while insisting that was not her intention, and that she was only trying to gain more followers.
The move led to outrage on social networks, where Iranians angrily accused the hard-line judiciary of harassing young people and turning a blind eye to embezzlement and corruption cases.
It is not known whether her public statement of admission was made under duress.
Many social media users reacted to Maedeh Hojabri’s detention by uploading their own dance videos.
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