Iranians arrested for dancing Happy in Teheran

Hassan Rouhani, Präsident des Iran, neulich so: „#Cyberspace should be seen as opportunity: facilitating two-way communication, increasing efficiency & creating jobs.“ Reuters: Time to embrace the Internet, Iran president says.

Dann haben sie die sechs Kids aus dem iranischen Happy-Video (oben) ausspioniert, in betrügerischer Absicht angerufen, festgenommen und live im Fernsehen erniedrigt. Mich macht der Song ja auch eher aggressiv, aber das hier erscheint mir dann doch 'ne winzige Nummer drüber zu sein. Bastards.

Iranian authorities yesterday arrested the six young men and women who produced the Tehran version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” the song that spawned dozens of video clips from around the world in a moment of musical global connectedness.

The group appeared on state television’s evening news broadcast, grouped in a row facing Tehran Chief of Police Hossein Sajedinia, and confessed to being deceived into appearing in the clip by an unnamed man and woman. Sajedinia advised the young people during the broadcast not to be deceived into appearing in corrupt film productions, and with a smile complimented the swift reaction of his security forces. “These [agents] were able to identify [these young people] within two hours, and within six hours had arrested them all,” he said.

Iran Wire: Authorities Arrest Tehran Young People Who Produced “Happy” Video Clip (via Blogrebellen)

NYTimes: Young Iranians Arrested for Being Too ‘Happy in Tehran’