Iranian police arrested 6 youths Tuesday featured in a popular YouTube video of them dancing in Tehran to Pharell's song "Happy," and forced the arrested youth to appear on state TV for an interrogation, Bloomberg News reported.
A shortened version of the TV broadcast was uploaded to YouTube with English subtitles.
The original video was posted last month, and had more than 30,000 hits in four days before being removed, according to Bloomberg News. After news of the arrest broke, Iranian social media users shared this version of the video.
"We want to tell the world that Iran is a better place than what they think it is," one of the video makers, cited only as Neda, told Iran Wire in an April interview. "Despite all the pressures and limitations, young people are joyful and want to make the situation better." Neda also told Iran Wire that they were "really afraid" while filming. "Whenever somebody looked out of a window or someone passed by, we ducked behind a door to make sure we were not seen."