Mecca authorities call for arrest of young rapper

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Believing that a Saudi rapper “offends the customs and traditions” of the people of Mecca, the authorities of this holiest city in Islam called for his arrest, causing outrage among Internet users.

Mecca authorities have called for the arrest of a Saudi rapper who they believe offends the customs of residents of the holy city, contrasting with recent lifting of restrictions on entertainment in the kingdom, AFP reports.

In a video posted online called “Mecca Girl”, the rapper, veiled and wearing sunglasses, salutes the courage of women living in Mecca and calls them “sugar candies “.
Mecca Governor Khalid al-Faisal has ordered the singer’s arrest, saying on Twitter that the young woman, whose stage name is Asayel Slay, “offends the customs and traditions” of the people of Mecca, the holiest city in Islam.
Prince Khalid al-Faisal’s remarks sparked outrage on the Internet.

“I come from Mecca and the only thing I find offensive is your racism and misogyny and your war against a young woman,” said a Saudi Internet user on Twitter, referring in particular to the fact that the young woman is black.

“It’s so typical of the Saudi government: inviting Western influencers to clean up the crimes of the regime but attacking real Saudi women who are trying to artistically express their cultural identity,” said another internet user.

Under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh encourages the development of entertainment on its territory.

An electronic music festival was organized in December near the capital, which was attended by many Saudi women, sometimes without veils.

But this relaxation of social standards, well received by the inhabitants, two-thirds of whom are under 30, is very limited and supervised.

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