November 1, 2014
Iran's Rohani stands up for youths arrested for ‘Happy’ tribute video
Iranian president Hassan Rohani standed against the arrest of six adolescents for uploading a YouTube video of them dancing US singer Pharrell Williams’s hit song "Happy."
Rohani posted a tweet defending the right to "happiness," a move widely seen as supporting the group of Tehran youths arrested yesterday for posting the video.
“#Happiness is our people's right. We shouldn't be too hard on behaviors caused by joy," he twitted, recalling parts of a speech he gave last year.
Iranian authorities arrested the youths on Tuesday night, accusing them of “hurting public chastity” with their “vulgar clip.”
The video clip shows three men and three unveiled women singing and dancing to the tune in the streets and on rooftops in Tehran.