Saturday, December 18, 2004

Dance performance at Ahvaz (Iran) creates an uproar

As India debates whether it's "ethical" to flash pictures of two Bollywood stars locking their lips, Iran faces "conservative" rage at a "vulgar and un-Islamic" dance performance.


A dance performance at the closing ceremony of a theater festival in the southern city of Ahvaz has caused an uproar. Conservatives have denounced the show as vulgar and un-Islamic. "An example of American democracy," said Ayatollah Makkarem Shirazi. Minister of Culture Ahmad Masjed Jameie, who is facing possible impeachment by the conservative-controlled parliament, has sacked the Iran Zamin (Land of Iran) festival diretor and called for the "punishment of violators."


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