May 22, 2014

Iranian 'Happy' Dancers Arrested, Abused

Shima Sharabi, Daily Beast

The Associated Press

“Thanks for thinking about us,” says an Instagram message from Neda, one of six Iranians arrested for posting a music video dancing to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” on YouTube. “We’re finally released after three days in prison. We’re waiting for the court date. Thanks a lot for caring about us.”

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TAGGED: Human Rights, Iran


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