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A pair of men and women dance against the backdrop of the Azadi Tower in Tehran, Iran's capital.

I took a picture of this and posted it on social media.

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Because of this video, the couple was arrested by the police, and the Iranian court sentenced them to a '2-year ban on departure and internet activity' along with a heavy sentence of 10 years and 6 months in prison.

The charges were said to be corruption, promotion of prostitution, and dissident propaganda against national security.

Iran punishes women not to dance in public and not to wear a hijab. At the time, the woman was bare-faced with her long hair hanging down.

In Iran, anti-government protests demanding the improvement of women's rights have been going on for more than half a year.

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Their dance video was also regarded as a 'symbol of freedom' resisting the system on local social media, etc., and this is being interpreted as the background of the heavy sentence.

Netizens responded by saying, "I only danced once at a tourist destination, but does it make sense?"

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