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Iran frees 'Happy' video dancers on bail: reports

TEHRAN--Six young Iranians arrested for dancing on rooftops to U.S. singer Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" in a video that went viral on the Internet have been released on bail, reports said Wednesday.

The reports were confirmed by Tehran-based fashion photographer Reihane Taravati, who along with her friends was arrested for what Tehran police chief Hossen Sajedinia called a "vulgar clip which hurt public chastity."

"Hi I'm back," Taravati said in a post on the Instagram website.

She was allegedly shown on state television Tuesday night repenting for the homemade video that was posted on YouTube last month and shared widely on Facebook and Instagram.

Taravati also thanked Williams for showing support during her brief detention. The singer had protested over the treatment of the young Iranians on Twitter.

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