Saudi police release boy held for dancing to the Macarena on road

Saudi police release boy held for dancing to the Macarena on road

Cars had stopped at a traffic light when the boy started dancing (Stock image)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Saudi police have released a 14-year-old boy after he was detained for dancing to the Macarena at a road junction.

The interior ministry said the boy has been given a road safety warning today (August 23), according to The New Arab.

Police in Saudi Arabia claimed the child was questioned due to his alleged "improper public behaviour" which also disrupted the flow of traffic.

He was stood in front of five lanes of cars which had stopped due to a traffic light. The incident was filmed and posted online and many shared the video on social media.

The boy has not been charged but the interior ministry say that both the child and his guardian have "signed written pledge that the teen will not engage in behaviour that could endanger his life and the life of others again."

"The notification was solely intended to warn the boy about potential consequences for his own safety, as well as to safeguard the overall safety of motorists and pedestrians."

The reaction to the video of the dance on social media was mixed as some said the child was "immoral" whereas others praised him for his bravery.

Others took the opportunity to criticise the government in Saudi Arabia calling it the "saddest regime on earth" and "anti-joy."