In May of this year the Islamic regime in Iran arrested the director of the Iranian version of William Pharrell’s “Happy” music video along with all the participating dancers. The video features a group of six young Iranian men and women, including one Iranian woman without hijab, dancing to the world famous William Pharrell’s popular dance hit. The news of their arrest brought in support from far and wide, including William Pharrell himself, and the group’s video became a large YouTube hit.
After being arrested, the group of six were imprisoned where they were interrogated and put in solitary confinement. In addition, the Islamic regime forced these young men and women to apologize on national television as way to both humiliate them as well as an attempt to spread fear into the hearts of all other young people in Iran that may have been inspired by the video.
After three months since their arrest, the three men and three women are now on trial. Accused by the Islamic regime of making an “obscene video clip that offended the public morals”, they are now facing very serious series of charges including having sex outside marriage, posting on YouTube, failing to observe the Islamic dress code, dancing, and contacting foreign television networks (this may develop into a “spying” charge in the future).
These six young men and women are being prosecuted for the “crime” of self-expression, being creative, enjoying music, dancing, having sex and enjoying their youth! These six young men and women are an example of the countless other youth that are trapped in the Islamic regime of Iran. For over 30 years, the Islamic regime in Iran has made countless attempts to strangle youthful vitality, energy and life, and is now using these six young people to continue this assault. However, as this video suggests, and is abundantly clear in Iran, Iranian youth will boldly continue the struggle for their human right to enjoy their youth!
This dance video made by these six youth not only highlights and exemplifies the revolutionary spirit of the Iranians and their resilience and courage in the face of the Islamic regime in Iran, but also it is a calling for support from the world! The Iranian youth need the world to echo their cry for change! The youth in Iran are being denied their very basic human rights and freedoms by a tyrannical regime that uses humiliation, torture and execution to exist. We must all continue our pressure and demand that the Iranian regime stop its prosecution of youth and to release these six young men and women immediately!
Communist Youth Organization
11st September 2014