5 Iranian college students have apologised on TV after being arrested for making movies that appeared to point out aubergines raining down on Tehran.
The movies, exhibiting the greens falling on folks’s heads and automobiles, went viral on Persian social media.
Later the hardline Tasnim information company mentioned 5 folks had been arrested for “inflicting public disquiet”.
The 5 males advised state TV they have been artwork college students who had made the movies for a college undertaking.
They advised a reporter that they’d needed to check their skills in particular results.
They’d shared the movies solely with their mates and had not meant them to be circulated on-line, the scholars added.
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“Sadly, [the videos] have been misused and we’re very sorry about this,” one of many males mentioned.
Brig Gen Ali Zulqadri, the top of Tehran’s safety power, additionally featured within the state TV report and mentioned he accepted that the movies have been launched “mistakenly”.
The scholars and the TV reporter who spoke to them have been all sporting face masks, presumably as a precaution towards the coronavirus.