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    Hebanna: 5 Iranian girls held behind bars for dancing to Rema’s hit

    Some Iranian girls have landed into trouble for posting videos of themselves dancing to Rema’s song, ‘Calm Down’.

    It was gathered by Entertainment SA that the girls were arrested, detained, and pressured into apologizing for the act.

    In a tweet from Shahrak Ekbatan, the five girls were first warned after which they were recalled and detained for two days before being compelled to make a coerced confession.

    According to Fox News, Security forces started looking for the five girls soon after the video, which was filmed near Ekbatan, west of Tehran, gained traction online.

    More so, in the video, the ladies weren’t wearing headgear which is required for women in Iran, as the video was shared on International Women’s Day.

    The Shahrak Ekbatan Twitter account, which tweeted about happenings in the area, verified that Iranian security agents were looking for the girls. A prospective arrest and custody had been forewarned.

    It later reported the alleged women had been detained and forced into making a video in which they expressed regret.

    Reacting to the news via his official Twitter account, Rema posted a video of the women dancing with their long hair uncovered and commented:

    “To all the beautiful women who are fighting for a better world, I’m inspired by you, I sing for you, and I dream with you,” he said.

    Iran witnessed protests in 2022, which were sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old Iranian woman died on September 22, 2022, while in police custody, following her arrest for not wearing her headscarf properly.

    Many Iranian women then took to the streets to protest the development with some taking off their headscarves and throwing them into the fire.

    “No to the headscarf … yes to freedom and equality!” protesters in Tehran chanted in a rally that was echoed by solidarity protests abroad.

    Officials in Iran’s theocracy initially dismissed the reports, but later described them as intentional attacks involving some 30 schools, with some speculating they could be aimed at trying to close schools for girls in this country of over 80 million people.

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