Saudi woman is arrested for dancing – while wearing a niqab veil – during music festival in the kingdom
- Dancing woman was accused of & # 39; disruptive social etiquette & # 39; during the event in Riyadh
- She was filmed spinning in front of a cheering crowd at a festival in the Saudi city
- She wore a black robe and a niqab face on the evening of the mixed sex
- Festival in the next two months celebrates art, music and culture
A Saudi woman has been arrested for dancing while wearing a niqab face veil during a music festival in the kingdom.
She was accused of disrupting social etiquette & # 39; when getting up to dance with the traditional black abaya robe and niqab in Riyadh.
The video showed the audience cheering the woman as she went through a dance remix of Adele & Rolling in the Deep during the mixed sex event.
The evening was part of Riyadh Season, a festival in the Saudi capital with artistic, musical and cultural events.
The video showed the audience cheering the woman as she walked on to a dance remix of Adele & Rolling in the Deep hit single at the mixed-sex event in Riyadh
The woman has been arrested for & # 39; disruptive social etiquette & # 39; during her dance performance (left and right)
More than 100 events will take place in Riyadh Season over the course of two months, including & # 39; Saudi Arabia & # 39; s largest parade & # 39; with 1500 costumed participants.
It is unclear how the authorities in the ultra-conservative kingdom will react after the announcement that all tourists visiting the country can be fined for public decent violations, including indecent clothing and public expressions of affection.
Violations include dropping litter, spitting, queuing, taking photos and videos of people without permission and playing music during prayer times.
Fines range from 50 riyals (£ 10) to 6,000 riyals (£ 1,250).
Under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia was opened to liberal Western values by bringing in cinemas, pop concerts and controversial sporting events.
But the country is difficult to sell for tourist bosses because of the strict social code and the ban on alcohol.
It is unclear how the authorities in the ultra-conservative kingdom will respond, following the announcement that all tourists visiting the country can incur fines for public decent violations, including indecent clothing and public expressions of affection (photo: her dance display left and right)
The woman's arrest caused an angry reaction on Twitter with a statement: & # 39; Don't leave the treasure door open and punish the thief! & # 39;
Another said: & # 39; The war against chastity and decency under the name of openness and development is fierce at this time. All Muslim women and girls who are religious must provide the Islamic veil. & # 39;
And a third added: & # 39; We create the means for corruption and degradation, and in return we want the community to be followers of God's grace. & # 39;
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