Iran imprisons couple shown dancing at Tehran's Freedom Tower in viral video


A younger couple who posted a video of themselves dancing romantically in the streets of Tehran have been sentenced to a number of years in jail, in keeping with human rights activists and Iranian authorities.  

Instagram influencers Astiyazh Haghighi, 21, and her fiancé, Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, 22, have been jailed amid the regime’s crackdown in a bid to quell anti-government protests which have swept the nation.

The couple, fashionable figures on social media, with a mixed following of just about 2 million, have frequently posted movies collectively.

In a video posted to their Instagram accounts in November, which has since been deleted however is now being circulated broadly on social media, the bloggers dance at evening close to Tehran’s landmark Azadi (Freedom) tower, which marks the western entrance to Iran’s capital. 

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Iranian dancing couple jailed, activists say

Feb. 1, 202300:47

The couple twirl and dance as they embrace in entrance of the glowing monument, with a glittering filter transposed onto the video.

Whereas dancing isn’t unlawful in keeping with Iran’s penal code, girls dancing in public — significantly with males — is. Haghighi appeared in the video with no scarf, an merchandise of clothes that has change into a focus of the protests.

The couple didn’t hyperlink their video to the unrest that erupted throughout the Islamic Republic after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish lady, died in a hospital after she was detained by the morality police, who accused her of breaking the nation’s strict gown code.

However information of the couple’s jail sentences was first reported Sunday by an activist group, which mentioned safety forces violently arrested them on Nov. 1 “after they revealed a video on social media exhibiting them dancing in a metropolis sq..”

Haghighi and Ahmadi have been sentenced to 10 years and 6 months every in jail, in keeping with the Human Rights Activists Information Company, or HRANA, the communications arm of Human Rights Activists in Iran, which describes itself as a “non-political and non-governmental group comprised of advocates who defend human rights in Iran.”

The 2 have been additionally banned from utilizing social media and prohibited from leaving the nation for 2 years, HRANA mentioned, including that they have been reported to have been denied entry to a lawyer throughout authorized proceedings. The final submit on each of their Instagram accounts is from Sept. 22.

Iran’s Mizan information company, which is run by the judiciary, reported Wednesday that Haghighi and Ahmadi have been arrested by authorities on Nov. 1 and later sentenced by a decide to 5 years in jail every for “colluding and rallying towards the nation’s safety.”

“Their focus was to encourage individuals to protest and overthrow the regime,” the report mentioned. “They used their platform to promote for protests, together with the decision for the October twenty sixth protests. Regardless of being knowledgeable of their disruptive actions by safety officers, they persevered and have been arrested on November 1st.” 

NBC Information has been unable to independently confirm any particulars of the case, and it’s unclear what could also be behind the discrepancy between the activist group and Mizan.

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