Friday 20 April 2018

WATCH: Boy, 14, arrested in Saudi for dancing to Macarena in street

Barney Henderson

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in the Saudi city of Jeddah for dancing to the Macarena song in a street.

The boy was accused of "improper public behaviour" for enjoying the 1990s pop hit as he crossed a road.

Mecca  police said the unnamed boy also disrupted traffic. It was unclear if he was going to be formally charged.

In a 45-second video clip, shared widely on social media, the boy stops halfway across the road and starts the well-known dance routine.

The footage was first posted last year, but his arrest was reported on Monday.

Some said the boy was a "legend" and "hero", while others apparently agreed with the Saudi authorities, stating that he behaviour was "immoral".

Earlier this month, a singer was arrested in the religiously conservative Islamic kingdom for using the 'dab' move in an onstage dance.

Abdallah al-Shahani performed the dance at a music festival in the city of Taif in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

The dance had been banned in the Kingdom by the National Committee for Drug Control, on the grounds that it advocated or encouraged drug abuse, according to Saudi media.

A young woman was arrested last month after footage emerged of her wearing a miniskirt and crop top at an archaeological site.

The unnamed woman was detained by Saudi Arabia’s vice and virtue police on charges of wearing “indecent clothing”.

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