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Iranian Islamist Regime Cracks Down on Women Dancing.

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Islamist Bigots Crack Down on Unveiled Dancing Women.

Woman arrested in Iran over Instagram video of her dancing

Guardian.  Iran correspondent.

Arrests of app users including Maedeh Hojabri after posting videos prompt outrage.

Iran has arrested a number of people over videos that were posted on Instagram, including a young woman who filmed herself dancing to music.

According to activists, Maedeh Hojabri was one of a number of users behind popular Instagram accounts who have been arrested. The identities of the other detainees have not been confirmed.

Her account, which has been suspended, was reported to have had more than 600,000 followers.

Hojabri has since appeared on a state television programme with other detainees, in which she and others made what activists say were forced confessions, a tactic often used by Iranian authorities.

State TV showed a young woman, her face blurred, crying and shaking while describing her motivation for producing the videos.

“It wasn’t for attracting attention,” she said. “I had some followers and these videos were for them. I did not have any intention to encourage others doing the same … I didn’t work with a team, I received no training. I only do gymnastics.”

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.

They appear to have often been taken using a camera in her bedroom while she danced to western pop and rap music without wearing a hijab, which is required in public.

Just in case anybody had forgotten the everyday religious tyranny that the Iranian Islamist regime shackles its people with.


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Written by Andrew Coates

July 11, 2018 at 12:38 pm

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  1. Now I’m really confused. Not only do you lefties support capitalism, but I thought you wanted to live in a multi-cultural society! Yet here you are attacking a culture that you don’t agree with. What is going on?

    Steven Johnston

    July 12, 2018 at 11:36 am

  2. Odd, that we attack something we don’t agree with….

    Andrew Coates

    July 12, 2018 at 12:23 pm

  3. …just checking!

    From Wikipedia:

    “As a major contributor to conflict theory, Marx argued that culture served to justify inequality. The ruling class, or the bourgeoisie produce a culture that promotes their interests, while repressing the interests of the proletariat. His most famous line to this effect is that “Religion is the opium of the people”. Marx believed that the “engine of history” was the struggle between groups of people with diverging economic interests and thus the economy determined the cultural superstructure of values and ideologies. For this reason, Marx is a considered a materialist as he believes that the economic (material) produces the cultural (ideal), which “stands Hegel on his head”,[6] who argued the ideal produced the material.”

    I hope you, Jim or I don’t disagree on what that means.

    Steven Johnston

    July 12, 2018 at 1:04 pm

  4. This is BS. Here is an alternative article that gives a more realistic picture:

    “The 19-year-old skank, Maedeh Hojabri wiggled her hips in her videos like a red light district hooker trying to win customers.”


    July 13, 2018 at 12:08 am

  5. Dean, I clicked the link you provided and read the article, but it was hard to tell if it was satirical or serious.

    Steven Johnston

    July 13, 2018 at 11:47 am

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