MAKKAH: Authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested 35 people for taking part in a loud party near Makkah.
The party-goers, 25 men and 10 women, were celebrating the birthday of a friend in a recreational area close to the holiest Islamic city of Makkah when members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice raided the party.
The Religious Police, while conducting the raid, seized large quantities of alcohol and drugs at the party and arrested 35 people, all of Asian decent.
According to a report, the participants were dancing to loud music and consuming drinks and drugs when when the arrests were made. The party-goers could be severely punished for bringing hard liquor and drugs to the party.
Following the arrests, one of the 35 admitted the party was organised to celebrate the birthday of one of the participants.
Saudi Arabia has one of the strictest laws, when it comes to consumption of alcohol and drugs, and those arrested for trafficking drugs or alcohol are punished severely; either beheaded or hung to death.
Many took to Twitter, saying the party-goers should be severely punished:
Earlier, a Saudi was arrested in a shopping mall in Riyadh for mingling with women not related to him. Members of the religious police arrested him for attracting too much female attention as he was was mobbed by several women who were taking pictures and selfies with him at a mall.
The actor is now awaiting the outcome of the investigation being carried out by prosecution in the Kingdom, which has accused him of exploiting social media to meet women and take pictures with them which is a brazen violation of Saudi rules.
This article originally appeared on Gulfnews
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