Two Saudi Men Arrested by Religious Police for Offering “Free Hugs” to Dudes

Two Saudi men were arrested by the religious police for “exotic behavior” for offering free hugs to dudes on a street in Riyadh.
The ‘free hugs’ video was viewed over 1.5 million times.

The BBC reported:

Two men have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for offering free hugs to passers-by in the capital, Riyadh.

The Saudi religious police detained the two young men for indulging in exotic practices and offending public order.

The free hugs movement aims to “brighten up” people’s lives by offering strangers hugs.

A young Saudi man, Bandr al-Swed, posted a video of himself offering hugs to male strangers on YouTube, where it has received nearly 1.5m views.

“After seeing the Free Hugs Campaign in many different countries, I decided to do it in my own country,” Mr Swed told al-Arabiya news.

“I liked the idea and thought it could bring happiness to Saudi Arabia.”

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