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Online Protests Erupt In Iran After Arrest Of Teenager For Social Media Posts

Thousands of Iranians protested online when a teenager was arrested after she posted Instagram videos of herself dancing. Many supporters use the hashtag #dancingisnotacrime.

Iranians are protesting and mocking clerical rulers on social media after the arrest of a teenage girl for posting videos of herself dancing on Instagram. Maedeh Hojabri currently has more than 11,000 followers and had uploaded dozens clips in which she is dancing to Western and Iranian music.

Islamic sharia law in Iran has strict

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