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Saudi boy (14) arrested for dancing in the street

By AP Reporters

Saudi police have released a 14-year-old boy who was filmed dancing to hit song Macarena at an intersection in the Red Sea city of Jiddah.

The video, which went viral on social media in the kingdom in recent days, shows the boy wearing headphones, swaying his hips and arms to the song, and giggling throughout the dance.

The State-linked Al-Riyadh news website quoted Colonel Aati bin Attiyah al-Qurashi as saying the 14-year-old Arab national was brought to police along with his father, who was asked to sign a pledge vowing to protect his son and not to violate public morals. Mr al-Qurashi said the boy was then released from custody.

On Tuesday State-linked news websites reported that the boy had been detained for disrupting traffic and improper public behaviour after the video resurfaced. Western music and dancing is taboo in Saudi Arabia, but such incidents in the past have not necessarily led to serious punishment.

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