Saudi Police Arrest Boy Dancer Doing The Macarena

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Saudi police have arrested a 14-year-old boy who was seen on social media dancing the Macarena in the holy city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s principal gateway to Mecca and Medina.

The teenager appeared on a viral video from last year, dancing to the 1990’s Los del Rio hit song “La Macarena” in the middle of the junction of Tahlia Street and Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz street, in front of waiting traffic.

Middle East Eye reports:

Police spokesman colonel Ati bin Atiya al-Qarshi said that the “accused” had been arrested, after relevant evidence had been gathered, and “confidential investigations” had been completed.

The video appears to show the boy doing the Macarena, a mid-1990s dance phenomenon, while standing in front of a row of cars on a crossing on Riyadh’s Prince Mohamed bin Abdulaziz Road.

The boy is seen dancing in the middle of a four-lane road, and appearing to stop traffic.

The video first appeared online in 2016, but was later removed.

Social media users had taken the video, which resurfaced on social media last week, in good humour.

Translation: He’s like a dancing marshmallow

As the news of his arrest was revealed, users expressed their surprise

While a couple of users agreed with his arrest

Earlier this month, a Saudi entertainer was arrested by Saudi authorities for “dabbing”, a popular dance move, at a concert in the country’s western city of Taif.

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