Teenager arrested in Saudi Arabia for dancing to Macarena on street

Pauline Gross
August 23, 2017

A teenager who stopped traffic as he danced the Macarena in the middle of the street has been arrested by Saudi police for "violating public morals".

The teenager was questioned because he had displayed "improper public behaviour" and also disrupted traffic following a "confidential investigation", the Mecca Police said in a statement.

The 45-second clip went viral on Twitter and is believed to have been first posted in July 2016, but the boy was arrested on Tuesday (local time).

The incident was filmed on a busy street in Jeddah, in the west of the country.

The video went viral in July previous year, the BBC reported. It was not clear, though, if he will be formally charged.

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There's a lack of codified penal law in Saudi Arabia, which means officials and judges have quite a broad discretion in the rest and punishment of children.

Earlier this month, Saudi police arrested a local singer for busting the "dab" move during an onstage performance.

Some people on social media have labelled him as a hero, while other condemned his actions as "immoral".

"Dabbing" has been outlawed in Saudi Arabia by the National Committee for Drug Control, on the grounds it encourages drug use, according to Saudi media.

Other reports by GizPress

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