Iranian couple who danced on the street sentenced to more than 10 years in prison

Iranian couple who danced on the street sentenced to more than 10 years in prison

A young couple in Iran has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for uploading a video of them dancing on the street. This was reported by the AFP news agency, which, among other things, relies on the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).

Astiyazh Haghighi, 21, and her fiancee, 22, Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, were arrested in November. This came after they posted the video on their Instagram account, a source told the BBC. The two together have more than two million followers on Instagram. Haghidi would gain some fame as a fashion designer.

The video shows him dancing in front of the Azadi Tower in the capital, Tehran. This “Tower of Freedom” is located to the west of the city and was built under the rule of the last Shah before the Islamic Revolution. The monument is a symbolic gateway to the West. Haghighi, who does not wear a headscarf in the video, is seen in the BBC video when it is compulsory for women in Iran. Also, The Guardian writes that women are not allowed to dance in public.

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The video is considered a provocation against the Iranian regime. The two were found guilty of “inciting corruption and public prostitution” and “conspiring to undermine national security”.

They are not allowed to use social media and go abroad for two years, along with sentences of more than ten years in prison. A source close to Haghighi’s family told HRANA that the two were not entitled to a lawyer in court. Bail requests were also denied.

The Guardian writes that the protest movement in Iran sees the video as a symbol of the freedoms that have been displayed in Iran for months. And especially when Ahmadi hugs his fiancee. The couple made no connection with the protests in Iran when posting the video.

Source: NOS