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2 Saudi men arrested for offering free hugs

November 24, 2013 09:24                                                                            

Still from YouTube video showing Bandr Swed during his 'Free Hugs' campaign / Saudi Free B.HStill from YouTube video showing Bandr Swed during his ‘Free Hugs’ campaign / Saudi Free B.H

Two Saudis have been detained in the country’s capital for offering free hugs to passers-by. The local police arrested them for ‘indulging in exotic practices’ and offending public order.

One of the campaigners announced on Twitter that he would offer  free hugs to the public on Tahlia Street, a popular shopping area  in Riyadh. The men advertised free hugs on a placard, Al-Hayat  newspaper reported.


Later, they were arrested by the religious police, the Commission  for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, who are  charged with ensuring that Sharia law is strictly obeyed.


The two had to sign a pledge that they would not offer hugs  again.

Read More: http://rt.com/news/saudi-arrested-free-hugs-138/

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