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Reports: Two Arrested In Iran For Appearing In A World Cup Music Video

Iran's official IRNA news agency said police arrested two people who appeared singing and dancing in a World Cup music video that went viral on YouTube.

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The Associated Press and Iran's IRNA report that police arrested two people who were seen singing and dancing in the music video for the song "Gole Iran" by Ajam.

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According to Iran's official IRNA news agency, Police Chief Col. Rahmatollah Taheri, who called the video "vulgar," said the YouTube clip features scenes from outside and inside Iran, including the city of Shahroud, where the two were arrested.


Ajam is based out of London and describes their sound as Iranian roots music. In an interview with CNN about the song and the World Cup, the band said, "Everyone's got the right mind-set in Iran right now. Everybody is super ready for the World Cup."


According to the band's bio posted on their website, Ajam's music "tries to bring the epic and soulful spirit of the native music of Iran to a new generation."

In May police arrested six young Iranians for dancing to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" in an online video, but released them days later. On Twitter, Williams said, “It's beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.”

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Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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