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Singing and Dancing in a YouTube Video to Cheer On the National Football Team Can Get You Arrested in Iran
Written by Farid On 27 June 2014 @ 14:34 pm | 1 Comment
In Farsi, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Iran, Middle East & North Africa, Sport, Video, Weblog
Only a month after six Iranians were jailed  for making a version of the viral “Happy” video, three people were arrested in Iran for their involvement in an upbeat music video supporting Iran's national team in the World Cup.
The video , which was produced  by the UK-based Ajam Band , includes clips of Iranians in more than a dozen countries singing and dancing. Two actors and the director were arrested, according to the Iranian state news agency . Details on their arrests were scant, but Iranian police called the video “vulgar “.
“Goal Iran” was published just two days before the World Cup opener on June 10, 2014, and has nearly 30,000 views on YouTube. Agence France-Press reported that the video was broadcast on satellite TV in Iran, available only via illegal dishes that are nevertheless widespread.
The word in Persian for flower also means goal, and the song makes use of that double meaning:
What is the goal, which is the fruit of love and hope
What is the goal, which is red and green and white [the colours of the Iranian flag]
What is the goal that came from Iran’s heart
Our hearts want an Iranian goal
Come on, come on we want a goal
…long live Iran’s name
Iran was eliminated  from the World Cup after losing to Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 on June 25.
An earlier loss to Argentina in the tournament prompted Iranians to stream into the streets in celebration. Iran held Argentina scoreless  for 90 minutes during a match on June 21 until superstar Lionel Messi knocked in a goal at the last minute. To many Iranians, it was an impressive achievement for their national squad.
Amir Jahnashai, the founder of Iranian opposition TV channel Raha TV in London, tweeted  in reaction:
— Amir Jahanshahi (@Jahanchahi), June 21, 2014 
The entire Iranian nation today supports our football team. Such solidarity should be present in all fields.
Blogger Namajafari injected  a little unhappy reality into the celebration:
— namajafari (@namajafari) June 21, 2014 
Sweet loss, hoping one day Iranian women can sit next to Iranian men while watching the games.
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 Image: http://youtu.be/XKo8KXxMrF4
 were jailed: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/05/22/the-happy-video-that-got-six-young-people-sent-to-jail/
 video: http://www.radiofarda.com/content/f12-arrest-in-iran-world-cup-video-clip/25432215.html
 produced: http://news.yahoo.com/iran-arrests-world-cup-clip-actors-173116248--sow.html
 Ajam Band: http://www.ajammusic.com/
 Iranian state news agency: http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/81212118/%D8%AF%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B9%DB%8C_%D9%88_%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D8%B8%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C/%D8%AF%D8%B3%D8%AA%DA%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C_%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%86_%D8%AA%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%87_%D9%88%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A6%D9%88_%DA%AF%D9%84_%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86_%D8%AF%D8%B1_%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AF
 eliminated: http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/bosnia-herzegovina/world-cup/result/result-iran-knocked-out-of-world-cup_161833.html
 scoreless: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/soccer-insider/wp/2014/06/21/in-iran-narrow-world-cup-loss-to-argentina-is-still-cause-for-celebration/
 tweeted: https://twitter.com/Jahanchahi/status/480285663183376384
 #ایران: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86&src=hash
 #فوتبال: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D9%81%D9%88%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84&src=hash
 #ورزش: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%B2%D8%B4&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/z57ZVSVvSw: http://t.co/z57ZVSVvSw
 June 21, 2014: https://twitter.com/Jahanchahi/statuses/480285663183376384
 injected: https://twitter.com/namajafari/status/480448326056554496
 #والیبال: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/3UpomFZl74: http://t.co/3UpomFZl74
 June 21, 2014: https://twitter.com/namajafari/statuses/480448326056554496
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