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Iran: Children dancing deemed to ‘weaken the morale of the Iranian people’

16 May 2019
Iranian Education Minister has deemed videos of schoolchildren dancing as “disturbing” and part of the greater plot to undermine the Islamic Republic.
Image: Screenshot from a video of dancing students / Sasy Mankan Instagram

 

Iranian Education Minister Mohammad Bathaei has deemed videos of schoolchildren dancing as “disturbing” and part of the greater plot to undermine the Islamic Republic, according to reports from the Centre for Human Rights in Iran.

“I’m certain there’s some kind of political plot behind the publication of these devious clips in schools,” Bathaei said to the Iranian Students’ News Agency.

Children were dancing to the pop song made by Sasy Mankan, a singer who left Iran and resides in the United States.

At the direction of Bathaei, police are currently investigating the source of the videos and pursuing certain students featured in the videos.

According to the Centre for Human Rights in Iran, “dancing is not illegal according to Iran’s Islamic Penal Code but a person could be prosecuted for any form of dancing if the authorities deem it as ‘indecent’ or ‘immoral’”.

 

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