Arrest ordered after Emirati forced caged Asian workers to cheer for UAE football team
ABU DHABI: The UAE’s Attorney General ordered the arrest of a man who posted a video on social media showing him forcing a group of Asian employees to cheer for the UAE national football team ahead of their Asian Cup encounter with India.
The men, who are employees of the Emirati citizen seen in the video, are in a chicken wire fenced cage and being urged to switch allegiances and cheer for the UAE national team over India. When they do as ordered, they are then released from the cage.
The Attorney General said the arrest order was issued, “given that such conduct is deemed illegal in the UAE and against the country’s values of tolerance.”
The person who filmed and posted the video has been apprehended and referred to “the Public Prosecution for investigation,” Sharjah Police Headquarters said.
Sharjah Police also said that the behavior shown in the video is contrary to the “customs and traditions” of UAE citizens.
Sharjah police urged all members of society to familiarise themselves with laws relating to social media use so that they are not disciplined.