Saudi authorities arrested numerous women and the organizer of a party after a video of men and women dancing went viral, according to The Mirror.
The country’s so-called “morality police” investigated the party, and then worked in conjunction with local police officials to track down the alleged culprits. (RELATED: Saudi Religious Police No Longer Allowed To Make Arrests)
A video clip from the party first appeared on YouTube Dec. 20 and had over 160,000 views by Dec. 26. The video shows a group of men and women dressed in Western-style clothing dancing on a rooftop terrace with bottles and glasses of what authorities determined was alcohol.
Authorities identified the Jeddah Flagpole, a 230-foot pole that was unveiled in 2014, in the background, which helped them locate the offending party organizer.
Saudi Arabia has a strict policy about men and women mixing who are not blood-related. There is also a strict ban on the sale and use of alcohol.
Authorities in Jeddah, a major urban center along the coast on the country’s west side, formed a special task force to investigate the video, according to The Mirror. The task force was chaired by a general, Major-General Saeed Al-Qarni and supervised by the city’s police chief, Brigadier-General Abdulwahab Al-Asiri.
A Jordanian admitted to organizing the party after initially denying responsibility.
It is not the first time the country’s “morality police” force has gone after “mixed parties.” Six women and five men were sentenced to jail and 300 lashes after participating in a beach party that included alcohol and the mixing of men and women.
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