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Some Governments Are Afraid of Happiness

Update: seems like they've been released except the director.
              This is one of the girls saying she was released in her instagram.

Some news are so ridiculous you don't know how to react to them. As an Iranian they are not new to me but still it sounds so ridiculous. My laptop keyboard is broken and I am not going through a really good time these days so I do't blog very much as I used to do.

It was last month I wrote about six Iranian young men and women making a video clip and dancing to Pharell Williams' song happy inside their homes and on the roofs and in the empty alleys.

The six of them are arrested.

by: Mana Neyestani

Evethough there were other videos of Iranians dancing to this song only this group have been arrested, guess because they wrote their full names at the end of the video. The original video since their arrest has been taken down from Youtube but you can still watch it here.

In Iran's national TV they showed them being arrested by the police with their bodies back to the camera. I thought last night maybe they're just using some other fake people to frighten the viewers but after a telephone interview with one of the arrested girl's brother had been uploaded in Masih Alinejad's facebook I realised their arrest is true.

In the interview their voices sounded frightened and the interviewer looks at them like they've arrested some very dangerous criminals. Many Iranian commented if you are so quick to arrest people why don't you arrest the ones who steal milliards of people's money as well?

by: Touka Neyestani

Why Iran's government doing this? To show them as frightening and powerful and quick-to-react to the people in such pathetic ways so they get frightened and don't do such activities and demand their very basic right.

Recently there's a page called My Stealthy Freedom in which Iranian women send their pictures without headscarf and say that they don't want this oppression on them to cover their heads and bodies which has become a law since the revolution 1979. Seeing such activities make the government mad and they try to backlash by doing such arrests.

Pharell Willams' wrote in his page it sad to see these kids were arrested for spreading happiness.

A facebook page has been made to support the youth and demanding their freedom as well as the hash tag #freehappyiranians.

At the end I would like to show these three girls dancig in the car. You might arrest a handful youth but can't take our happiness from us.


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