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The taboo dance that revolutionizes Iranian schools

Teheran / The dance of teenagers in the schools of Iran with the famous Iranian pop song “Gentleman” has become viral in social networks and it has awakened the rejection of the authorities, due to the prohibitions of singing and the female dance in the country.

Dressed in the school uniform and chanting the song inside the school grounds. This was the first video, which many other supporters have followed in the last few days, given the negative reaction of the Iranian leaders.

There were two concerns about what happened. First of all, the dance itself, which after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 was banned from practicing in public and, secondly, the lyrics of the Iranian-resident in the USA song Sasan Heidarí Yafte, known as Sasy Mankan.

“It’s time to give me the kiss of your lips, run and move the sexy hip, thanks for your calls and gifts, look at that great body. Your body trembles”, sings Sasy Mankan to a woman who replies: “My Lord is a gentleman, gentleman.”

Reaction of political and religious authorities

The Vice-President of the Iranian parliament, Ali Motaharí, demanded that the Minister of Education, Mohamad Baathaí, “be held accountable”, and that the directors of the schools where they “carry out such actions” were dismissed.

Baathaí defended himself in an interview with Iranian television, in which he said that the video was “false”. “I am sure there is a political objective behind this. The enemy seeks to inflict damage and tarnish the foundation of society, which is education”, he said.

The clergy also expressed their concern. One of the professors of the Qom seminary, Ayatollah Mahmud Rayabí, said “perhaps the secret hands have penetrated and these events are one of the manifestations of the influence of Western culture in our society.”

After these and many other reactions and conspiracy theories, the first video became even more viral. Teenagers began to record in parks or schools dancing in groups and in the uniform of their school, but with covered faces, and to spread the videos on social networks accompanied by the phrase “Do not oppose the girls of the decade of 80”, of the Iranian calendar.

The movement to the rhythm of “Gentleman” is not over. This week Saghar, a 15-year-old student from Tehran, plans to record a similar video with his classmates: “We want to support our partners and the acts of fun, which are scarce in the country”, Saghar explained to EFE. (May 13, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla de... (Mainly in the text, it's talked about...)
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Una nueva canción creada por estudiantes iraníes.
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Una nueva canción iraní para Eurovisión.
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Un nuevo baile que se ha hecho viral en las escuelas iraníes.
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Según el texto, ¿por qué ha sido condenado este baile? (According to the text, why was this dance condemned?)
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Ambas son correctas.
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Porque el baile está prohibido en público en Irán.
C
Por la letra de la canción.
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¿Qué ha pedido el vicepresidente del Parlamento iraní, Ali Motaharí? (What has the vice president of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Motaharí, called for?)
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El despido del ministro de Educación.
B
El encarcelamiento del creador de la canción.
C
El despido de los directores de las escuelas donde se haya practicado este baile.
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Según el texto, el ministro de Educación, Mohamad Baathaí, aseguró que... (According to the text, the Minister of Education, Mohamad Baathaí, said that...)
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Hay objetivos políticos detrás.
B
Ambas son correctas.
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El vídeo es falso.
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Tras las críticas recibidas, el vídeo... (After the criticisms received, the video...)
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Ha desaparecido.
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Apenas ha tenido visitas.
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Se ha hecho aún más viral.
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En este contexto, el verbo corear significa... (In this context, the verb corear means...)
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Cantar o recitar algo varias personas a la vez.
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Aclamar o aplaudir algo.
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Acompañar o embellecer con coros una composición musical.
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En este contexto, el sufijo -azo tiene valor... (In this context, the suffix -azo has a value...)
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Aumentativo.
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Despectivo.
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Diminutivo.
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¿Qué significa la expresión rendir cuentas? (What does the expression rendir cuentas mean?)
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Calcular operaciones matemáticas.
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Pagar.
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Dar explicaciones.
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El adjetivo determinado para el sustantivo hora es... (The determinated article of the noun hora is...)
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La.
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Lo.
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El.
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La forma verbal hayan corresponde a... (The verbal form hayan belongs to...)
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La tercera persona del plural del presente de subjuntivo.
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La tercera persona del plural del pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo.
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La tercera persona del singular del presente de subjuntivo.
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