Iran women dance in support of arrested Instagram teen

Dozens of Iranian women have flooded social media with videos of themselves dancing in solidarity with an arrested Instagram star.

"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said. I didn't work with a team, I received no training.

Other social media activists went to remind the world of the the double standard of the Iranian government, that leaves an Iranian man who is accused of rape and seeking to arrest a young teenager for dancing, even though both are violating rules! "I only do gymnastics".

But Hojabri's videos are now suddenly at the center of the latest conflict between religious hard-liners and Iranian liberals seeking more liberties.

Maedeh Hojabri is a 19-year-old Iranian teenager who had tens of thousands of followers on her Instagram account.

The video was posted on Hojabri's Instagram account, on which she amassed 600,000 followers, The Guardian reported. In numerous videos, she did not wear a hijab, which is mandatory for women to wear in public in the country.

This is not the first time Iranian authorities have cracked down on dancing. Many of them have been performing dance forms like the Australian shuffle on the streets (video below).

Another video for a woman dancing at a park in Tehran.

Hossein Ronaghi, a blogger, said: "People would laugh at you if you tell anyone in the world that [in Iran] they arrest 17-year-olds and 18-year-olds for dancing, being happy and being lovely, for spreading indecency, and instead paedophiles are free".

One person commented: "Awesome excellent dancer. We praise and admire her as a leader to let our voices for freedom to be heard".

Dancing with the opposite sex in public in Iran is banned, unless they are immediate family members.

Earlier this year, an official was arrested after footage emerged showing men and women dancing at a mall in the city, while six people were arrested for Zumba dancing in August last year. In 2014, six people who appeared in an online video dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" on the streets were sentenced to a one-year jail term and 91 lashes.