Iran Arrests 2 Who Made Celebratory World Cup Video
In Iran, fun and festive videos sometimes gets you arrested.
Just a few weeks after arresting, and later releasing, six people for starring in a lip-synched version of Pharrell William’s “Happy,” Iran reportedly arrested two actors who participated in a video in support of the country’s World cup team on Monday.
The names of the two are currently unknown, but the official IRNA news agency reported that they are both 23-year-olds who live in Shahroud, a city around 250 miles east of Tehran. Only their initials, S. M. and M. L. have been published.
The police in Shahroud arrested them following an investigation into the “vulgar” video (embedded below), police commander Colonel Rahmatollah Taheri said, according to Agence France-Presse.
The video, produced by the London-based Ajam Band, features amateur clips made by Iranian fans across the world. It’s unclear which of the people in the video are the ones that have been arrested. The exact reasons for their arrest are also unclear.
But hardliners in the country have recently shown little restraint when it comes to clamping down on Internet freedom and freedom of speech online, jailing YouTube viral stars as well as tech bloggers.
“They’re trying to make a point about the world cup festivities, and this is the only way they can scare people,” Internet researcher Mahsa Alimardani told Mashable. “It’s really ridiculous.”
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