A group of young Iranian women have caused a stir online with a video of dancing in a main town of recent protests. In the approximately 40-second clip, five women in loose clothing without the obligatory headscarf dance in front of blocks of houses in a well-known area in the capital Tehran.
Users shared the video thousands of times on social media. In the background it shows high-rise buildings in the Ekbatan district, one of the main locations of the recent wave of protests. The video was distributed on the occasion of International Women's Day on Wednesday.
Women are forbidden from dancing in public in Iran. Violations of the headscarf requirement are also punished. After the protests in autumn against the Islamic system of rule, however, more and more women are demonstratively ignoring the dress code.
The uprisings plunged the regime into one of the worst crises in decades. The trigger was the death of the Iranian Kurd Jina Mahsa Amini in mid-September. She died in police custody after being arrested for breaking Islamic dress codes. In the meantime, everyday life has returned to Iran.
A young couple of bloggers were recently sentenced to five years in prison after they had an internet hit with a dance video in front of the "Freedom Tower" in Tehran. The convicted woman was also not wearing a headscarf. In 2014, a group of teenagers were arrested for dancing to the song "Happy" by US singer Pharrell Williams and posting the clip on YouTube.
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