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Prison Inmates' 'Gangnam Style' Dance Goes Viral (Video)

Shot at a Filipino maximum security facility, the video has received more than 1 million views since Saturday.

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“Gangnam Style” really is everywhere these days.

Inmates at the Philippines maximum security prison CPDRC took on the PSY hit in a video recorded Saturday. According to the video’s YouTube uploader, “at least a thousand inmates” entertained guests during its creation

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Inmates at the Filipino prison made international news in 2007, when video of them dancing to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" went viral. Prison officials later released videos of prisoners dancing to dozens of other popular songs, including Queen’s “We Are the Champions” and Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.”

But it might not all be fun and games. According to a 2009 BBC report, inmates at the prison practice dance an hour a day, and former prisoners alleged they were threatened with violence if they didn’t participate. The same report quoted human rights activists at Amnesty International saying prisons in the Philippines were inhumane and suffered from poor sanitation and overcrowding.

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The latest video from the prison has received more than 1 million views since being uploaded Saturday.

Watch the video below.