Iranian women dance in solidarity with teenager arrested for her videos

"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said.

In 2014, Iranian authorities sentenced six young men and women to suspended prison terms after they appeared in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy". Yet, she has amassed thousands of followers for her moves.

Social media users across the world have reacted strongly to the teenager's arrest, as dozens of tweets populated the hashtag under Hojbari's name.

The teenager, however, was detained by the Iranian police for those same videos.

Hojabri posted around 300 videos on her Instagram account and a lot of them showed her dancing in her room to Iranian and western music.

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

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Another video for a woman dancing at a park in Tehran. Also, several hashtags like #dancing_isn't_a_crime emerged on Twitter where social media users shared videos and messages supporting the young dancer.

In an Instagram post, activist Hossein Ronaghi commented: "If you told people anywhere in the world that 17 and 18-year-old girls are arrested for their dance, happiness and beauty on charges of spreading indecency, while child rapists and others are free, they would laugh!"

Iranian football supporters wave their national flags as they cheer for their national team during a screening of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Iran and Spain in Azadi stadium in the capital Tehran, June 20, 2018.

Maedeh Hojabri, who was born in Tehran, practiced gymnastics for few years before participating in the sport of Parkour, a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course, which is the reason for her current accusation. "We praise and admire her as a leader to let our voices for freedom to be heard".

Women in Iran have been protesting against Iran's strict modesty laws for years now through dance. And when it comes to dancing, the rule is equally strict for both genders. Last August, six people were reportedly arrested for Zumba dancing.

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