Two Saudi Arabian men arrested for giving ‘free hugs’ : worldleaks
Two Saudi Arabian men have been arrested for giving free hugs to passers-by in the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh.
The Saudi religious police detained the two young men for indulging in alien practices and braking public order, the BBC reports.
The “Free Hugs Campaign” is a movement that aims to brighten up people’s lives by giving hugs to strangers.
Bandr al-Swed decided to start the campaign in Saudi Arabia, after seeing the same trend in many different countries. He posted a video of himself giving hugs to male strangers on YouTube, where it has received nearly 1.5 million views, the report added.
According to the report, his video inspired the two young Saudis, Abdulrahman al-Khayyal and a friend, who were arrested by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) for offering hugs, advertised on a placard, in one of Riyadh’s main shopping streets.
The two were asked to sign a pledge that they would not offer hugs again, the report added.
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