PROFILE: Who is the Iranian teen girl detained for Instagram dancing videos?

Iran detains teenage girl for posting dance videos on Instagram

Her performances had thousands of followers on various accounts with her name on them, ranging from 12,000 to 66,000 followers.

In the wake of Ms Hojabri's arrest, many Iranian women have been posting their own videos of themselves dancing in support of the teenager, using hashtags such as #dancetofreedom and #dancing_isn't_a_crime. I did not want to encourage others to do the same.

"It wasn't for attracting attention", one of the arrested women said through tears in a broadcast on Friday, according to The Guardian.

Her videos appears on various Instagram accounts attributed to her, however none have been verified.

Crying, the distraught teenager explains that she posted videos of herself dancing on her Instagram account for her followers and was not directed by anyone. "I only do gymnastics".

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But Hojabri's videos are now suddenly at the center of the latest conflict between religious hard-liners and Iranian liberals seeking more liberties.

On Saturday, the Iranian government channel First TV published the confessions of Instagram models, who admitted to "promoting moral deviation". But more importantly, she is a fearless great warrior against the barbaric regime who took a nation in hostage.

There are strict laws on women's clothing in public. They are banned from appearing in public without headscarves, were told to wear a long tunic over their regular clothes and are restricted from soccer stadiums, a rule that was lifted briefly during this year's World Cup. Another post showed a man holding a birthday cake and dancing, with the comment, "dancing isn't a crime".

In September 2014, seven young people were sentenced to prison time and flogging, sentences that were later reduced upon appeal, for producing a video of themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" at different locations in Tehran.

Hojabri is reportedly one of several people arrested and released on bail in Iran in recent weeks on charges related to dancing to pop music without wearing a hijab. The sentencing was later suspended.

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