Saudi police arrest teenage boy for dancing in the street

Published On: August 23, 2017 03:41 PM NPT By: Associated Press

DUBAI, August 23:  Saudi police have arrested a 14-year-old boy who was filmed dancing at an intersection in the Red Sea city of Jiddah.

The video, which went viral on social media, shows the boy with head phones and wearing gray sweat shorts, a striped T-shirt and neon green and yellow Crocs on his feet. He is swaying his hips and arms to the 90s hit song “Macarena,” and appears to be smiling and giggling throughout the dance

The state-linked Sabq news website quoted Col. Aati bin Attiyah al-Qurashi as saying police arrested the young man and were preparing to refer him to prosecutors for disrupting traffic.

Western music and dancing are taboo in Saudi Arabia but such incidents in the past have not necessarily led to lengthy imprisonment or serious punishment.

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