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Iran sentences two young men to ten years in prison for dancing in a video on Instagram


The bloggers Astiaj Haghighi and Amir Mohammad Ahmadi will also not be able to use social networks again or leave the country.

Iranian justice sentenced two bloggers from the Instagram social network,

Astiaj Haghighi and Amir Mohammad Ahmadi,

to 10 years in prison for appearing to dance in a video on the internet, reported HRANA, the Persian news agency for human rights activists.

According to the verdict of

the Tehran Revolutionary Court,

each of them received a sentence of ten years and six months in prison for "

fomenting impurity and indecency,

staging and collusion against national security and propaganda against the regime."

They have also been banned from conducting social activities on the Internet and from leaving the country for two years, according to the agency.

Video capture of the couple dancing in a square.

Photo: AFP

Sources connected to the case told HRANA that

they were denied access to a lawyer

during the legal proceedings that ended with the conviction.

On November 1, 2022, security forces

arrested this couple at their home in Tehran


The arrest came after both posted a video on social media in which they appeared dancing in a city square.

The sentence comes weeks after the country experienced strong protests over the death of the young Mahsa Amini after being arrested by the Iranian Moral Police

for not wearing the veil properly.

Combination of images of young people dancing, in a video on Instagram.

Photo: AFP

The Iranian authorities have responded to the protests with a strong police repression that has caused almost 500 deaths and close to 20,000 arrests, according to NGOs established outside Iran, in addition

to the execution of four protesters.

Both the United States and the European Union have imposed a series of heavy sanctions against the Iranian government and its officials, whom they accuse of being behind the crackdown.

Advocate for children in prison

Bloggers Astiaj Haghighi and Amir Mohammad Ahmadi are not the only victims of the repression by the Iranian theocracy.

The social activist Sarvenaz Ahmadi.

Photo: via Instagram

According to the site

The Revolution Times


 which reports daily the number of protesters killed and detained in Iran, the social activist

Sarvenaz Ahmadi

, a defender of children's rights, was also sentenced to 6 years in prison, accused of propaganda against the Islamic Republic.

"I was sentenced to 6 years in prison. It was worth it. It's worth it when you are part of a larger society that wants to take your destiny into your own hands," he wrote.

Clarín writing with information from EFE and


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