Fight the power: In Saudi Arabia, a heroic 14-year-old boy was arrested after dancing the Macarena.
According to reports, the heroic teenager was detained by police after video went viral showing him dancing the Macarena on the streets of Jeddah.
The video of the defiant and joyous dance at an intersection in Jeddah has gone viral, with many calling the boy a hero, and others claiming the dancing teen was being immoral and disrespectful.
— i newspaper (@theipaper) August 23, 2017
The Guardian reports that after being detained and questioned by Saudi authorities, the teen was released back into the care of his father:
The state-linked al-Riyadh news website quoted Col Aati bin Attiyah al-Qurashi as saying the 14-year-old Arab national had been 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. Qurashi said the boy was then swiftly released from custody.
For the record, Saudi Arabia is a backward, ugly, mean, and repressive theocracy; a brutal regime that gives out the death penalty for homosexuality, denies women the most basic human rights, and commits many other despicable human rights abuses.
In Saudi Arabia, women are second class citizens, treated more like children than adults. Women are required to dress in black from head to toe, and require permission from a male guardian to travel, work and/or marry.
Adding insult to injury, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which does not allow women to drive.
In addition to the abysmal treatment of women and gays, Saudi Arabia is a place where migrant workers are routinely tortured and sexually abused, while young children are frequently imprisoned without trial and executed.
In Saudi Arabia there is no political freedom, no religious freedom, no freedom of speech. It is, in fact, one of the most repressive regimes in recent history, and an affront to human rights and human dignity.
Saudi Arabia does not have a written constitution or an elected legislative body. There are no elections of any kind. All political parties are banned, as are most forms of association. All critical political expression is forbidden. The press is strictly regulated, and assembly is severely restricted.
Bottom line: In the face of a dark, backward, and brutal theocracy, one brave teenager chooses joy, and dances the Macarena.