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I'm released, says Iranian arrested over 'Happy' video, 5 others still held.


(CNN) -- [Breaking news alert, 12:47 p.m.]

One of six Iranians arrested for dancing in a YouTube video to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" took to social media to announce her release. "Hi I'm back thank you @pharrell and everyone who cared about us love you all so much and missed you so much," Reihane Taravati, a woman who said she helped make the fan project, posted on Instagram.

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Six Iranians arrested for making fan video of Pharrell Williams' 'Happy'

Apparently, dancing to a song about happiness in Iran can get you arrested.

Six Iranians are behind bars after they appeared in a fan video set to Pharrell Williams' "Happy," the American hit song that has sold millions of downloads worldwide.

Tehran Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia ordered the arrests of the three men and three women because they helped make an "obscene video clip that offended the public morals and was released in cyberspace," the Iranian Students' News Agency reported Wednesday.

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I'm loving their video, Janill:

...who knew by writing this song that Pharrell would bring the world closer?

And thank goodness the woman got released. How about the other five?

Thanks for finding the video :)  Nothing lewd that I can see, it appears the charges seem to be because the women aren't veiled.


In the video, three men and three unveiled woman get groovy on the streets and rooftops of the Islamic republic’s capital, Tehran.

“After a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity was released in cyberspace, police decided to identify those involved in making that clip,” the city’s police chief Hossein Sajedinia told the Iranian news agency ISNA, Agence France-Presse reports.

“Following a series of intelligence and police operations and after coordinating with the judiciary, all the suspects were identified and arrested.”

The six Iranians have “confessed to their criminal acts,” Sajedinia said.

Women in Iran are required to cover themselves in public in accordance with Islamic law imposed after the revolution in 1979."

If they confessed does that mean they'll be let go? Or will they be punished?

Tehran, Iran Happy video with unveiled women, though some have headscarves, does that make it OK?

Good question. Not sure. I do love this video.

Oh thank goodness. And soon hopefully the director too!

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