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Iran Arrests 3 World Cup Fans for “Vulgar” Celebration

Citing a report in the official Iranian news agency IRNA, the Associated Press reported Monday that Iran has arrested three people seen celebrating Iran’s World Cup team in a video (embedded below) posted to YouTube.

Provincial police chief Col. Rahmatollah Taheri was quoted as saying the video clip, produced by the London-based Ajam Band, features scenes from outside and inside Iran, including the city of Shahroud, where two 23-year-olds appearing in the film and a 26-year-old photographer were arrested.

The video shows young people, including women not wearing the mandatory headscarf, singing and dancing in support of Iran’s national team, interspersed with footage from matches. They are shown waving Iranian flags and dancing in cars, streets, homes and public parks.

Taheri was quoted as calling the video “vulgar” and warned youth against taking part in similar activities.

In May, Tehran arrested six youths for dancing in a video to Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy.” A few days later, Iranian actress Leila Hatami apologized for kissing the director of the Cannes film festival, after she was condemned and threatened with arrest and possible flogging.

[Photo: Ajam Band / YouTube ]