Saturday 18 November 2017

Six Iranians arrested for dancing in 'Happy' video

Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams

Josie Ensor and Ahmad Vahdat

Six young Iranians have been arrested and forced to apologise to the state after posting online their version of the hit song 'Happy' by US singer Pharrell Williams.

The clip shows three men and three unveiled women singing and dancing to the tune in the streets and on rooftops in Tehran.

The Islamic Republic took exception to the video, which was posted on YouTube and has received nearly 250,000 views.

"Hossein Sajedinia, Tehran's police chief, said: "Following a series of intelligence and police operations and after coordinating with the judiciary, all the suspects were identified and arrested.

"After a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity was released in cyberspace, police decided to identify those involved in making that clip," he added.

One of the women who took part in 'Happy: We are From Tehran', said the purpose of the video was to "tell the world" that young people were "joyful and want to make the situation better. They know how to have fun, like the rest of the world".

However, each member of the group was paraded on TV by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the state broadcaster, and made to "confess to their criminal acts". They were released after being held for 24 hours. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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