Iranian women and Selena Gomez express support for girls arrested in viral dancing video


Five Iranian girls who were arrested for a video of them dancing have publicly apologised, as Iranian women have shared support for the group by posting their own dancing videos. 

The five teenagers shared a TikTok on 8 March of them dancing to the Selena Gomez and Rema song ‘Calm Down’. Arranged beside a tower block in Ekbatan, Tehran, the girls dance without any head covering.

The teenagers were reportedly arrested by Iranian police on 10 March. In Iran, women are not allowed to dance in public or be seen without their hair covered by a hijab. The girls’ detainment is in line with similar arrests following the death of 22-year old Masha Amini on 16 September 2022.

Amini was arrested by Iran’s morality police for not properly wearing a hijab. Her death three days after her arrest has been widely contested among Iran society, with Amini’s parents accusing the police of killing her.

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