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Video: Saudi religious police forced out of UAE stand at festival
A member of Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police stormed the UAE stand at a local heritage festival but was forced out by the Gulf Kingdom’s national guards.
A brief U-Tube film showed several guards surrounded the member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice before they escorted him out of the pavilion at the Genaderia annual festival in the capital Riyadh.
The Saudi Arabic language daily Sabq, which published the film, said the Commission members went into the UAE stand to protest some of its contents but was forced to leave by national guards who are in charge of security at the week-long festivities.
“The national guards chased the Commission member into the UAE stand, grabbed him and forced him out to the applause of scores of visitors, mainly women,” the paper said without giving further details.
Vid explanation: The official objected to the men’s songs and dance. The Emirates arrested and expelled the sheikh from the place.