Happy

Young people in Tunisia are posting videos of themselves dancing to Pharrell’s Happy song as a form of defiance.

Islamists have said the dancing is just “debauchery and moral decay” but the videos have received tens of thousands of hits and loads of support. Their coming to power heralds the death of music and dance so dancing is a really good way of challenging their regression.

In March of last year, Tunisian high school students did a protest version of the Harlem Shake pitting them against the Islamists.

You know the well known saying: If I can’t dance I won’t join your revolution…

It should now say: “I’ll dance to defend my revolution…”

Here are some of the videos:

(Via Marieme Helie Lucas)

I dream of freedom

Here’s a video of a recent street party in Tehran. Remember that mixing of sexes, dancing and non-religious music are banned. Whilst that doesn’t stop anyone, doing so on the streets transforms it into a form of resistance.

The young men and women can be heard singing:

I have a dream; I dream of freedom…

(Via Kian Azar)