A screenshot of the incident.
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DUBAI – An Emirati man has been arrested for locking up several men in a cage in what he claimed was a “skit” for the AFC Asian Cup.
In a video, the man was seen sitting near a cage where he has “locked up” several of his employees ahead of the UAE vs India football match.
He is then heard asking them who they are supporting, and upon replying that they support India, he tells them they should be supporting the UAE where they live. He then taps on the cage with his stick, and asks them again. When they reply that they support the UAE, he lets them out of the cage.
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The video caused uproar on social media and prompted the Attorney General to get involved. Legal action has been taken against the Emirati, whose case has been referred to the prosecutor’s office.
“Not only is the act a criminal offence punishable by law in the UAE, it does not reflect the values of tolerance and respect,” the Attorney General said in a statement.
“Discrimination is not acceptable, as we believe in equality of opportunity and meritocracy,” the Attorney General added.
The Sharjah Police also released a statement that described the video as exhibiting “excessive prejudice during football matches”.
The police also warned that “spreading such videos contradicts our laws in the UAE”. The police said those who spread such videos have been apprehended and referred to the public prosecution for investigation.
“Such actions do not represent neither the traditions nor the values upon which we were raised in the UAE, even if it was meant as a joke,” the Sharjah Police said.
Under the UAE’s anti-discriminatory law, anyone who promotes hate speech, discrimination or violence using any form of media face a jail term of up to 10 years and fines ranging from Dh50,000 to Dh2 million. GAD/Expat Media
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