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After dance video: According to activists, an Iranian couple should have been sentenced to imprisonment


He is holding her in his arms, she is not wearing a headscarf, and they are both dancing: a video shows two Iranian bloggers in central Tehran. According to activists, the scene now has serious consequences.

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According to activists, a young Iranian couple has been sentenced to long prison terms after the publication of a dance video.

Astijazh Haghighi, 21, and her fiancé, Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, 22, were arrested in early November, the US-based organization Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported.

A video circulating on social media is said to show the two bloggers dancing and Haghighi without a headscarf in front of the Freedom Tower in the capital, Tehran.

Both are banned in public in Iran.

BBC journalist Sebastian Usher referenced the video.

According to the activists, the bloggers were each sentenced to more than ten years in prison by a revolutionary court in Tehran for violating national security and spreading depravity.

There was no information on when the video was released.

There is no information on the case from the official Iranian side.

Regime reacts mercilessly to protests

Since mid-September, young people in particular have been protesting in the country against the authoritarian course of government and the system of rule in the Islamic Republic.

The trigger was the death of the Iranian Kurd Jina Mahsa Amini.

She had previously been arrested by the so-called vice police for violating Islamic dress codes.

Her death after her arrest initially drove mostly women onto the streets.

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The Iranian regime is reacting mercilessly to the protests - and is killing more and more people.

Prisoners are executed, hundreds of people are said to have died in the protests.

Apparently, the regime also locked away possible leaders of the uprising relatively quickly.

In recent weeks, the mass protests have abated again.

Especially in Tehran and other cities in the heartland, the government appears to have at least regained control of the streets.

Many women now express their displeasure through civil disobedience, for example by ignoring the compulsory headscarf.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2023-01-31

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