Maedeh Hojabri an 18-year-old girl from Iran, who recorded dance videos at her home without the mandatory headscarf, was detained by the police earlier last week.
But people around the globe slammed the Islamic government for putting the young dancer and gymnast behind the bars.
Social media was flooded with protests and campaign to free the young artist. Many argued that it was “ridiculous” to arrest someone for merely just being happy and dancing.
Arresting a 19-year-old girl for dancing & uploading her videos on Instagram and then forcing her to confess her “crime” on TV. Yet another disgraceful act by #Iran‘s judiciary & every single individual involved. A horrendous display of intolerance. For shame. #MaedehHojabri pic.twitter.com/XhJArMBCUc
— Reza H. Akbari (@rezahakbari) July 7, 2018
If you’re a dancer, writer, comic, artist, singer…whatever creative thing you do…you can’t NOT do it. You will go mad. Imagine living in Iran where self-expression is banned. Unspeakable cruelty by a government who tries to crush culture. #FreeMaedeh https://t.co/IpMU4jQHqT
— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) July 8, 2018
— mary (@maryazizi1) July 7, 2018
#Iran just arrested a teenage girl #MaedehHojabri because of her dance and performances video. Before 40 years ago, dance were taught in school in Iran but after the Islamic revolution 1979 it became a big crime! pic.twitter.com/n68l7enKx1
— Arash Sigarchi 🇦🇷 (@sigarchi) July 7, 2018
#MaedehHojabri is a wonderful young #dancer who has been arrested by the #IRI
Her #crime is dancing
The #media of the IRI has published a stupid #report of the interrogation of these girls
They are scared and crying
And that’s very terrible and painful
BE THEIR VOICE#مائده_هژبری pic.twitter.com/sQNYRhCVAC
— Mosi Barouti (@BaroutiMosi) July 8, 2018