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Teenager arrested for dancing Macarena on Saudi street

Teenager arrested for dancing Macarena on Saudi street

A 14-year-old boy who went viral on Twitter for dancing the Macarena in a busy Saudi Arabian street has been arrested by authorities.

The teenager is being questioned after he was accused of “improper public behaviour” in Jeddah, a statement said.

It is not clear what his nationality was or if he will be formally charged by the public prosecutor.

In the 45-second clip the teen can be seen disrupting traffic while dancing to the popular 1990s hit song. The clip was believed to have been first posted in July 2016.

Because of the lack of codified penal law in Saudi Arabia, officials and judges have broad discretion in the arrest and punishment of children in the conservative country.

The clip has divided social media, with some users defending the boy and even labelling him a “hero”.

Others have suggested his behaviour was “immoral”.

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