The UAE public prosecution has ordered the arrest of four men who filmed and posted a video on social media of them harassing a worker in the UAE.
On Friday, state news agency WAM reported that they will be placed on provisional detention for “offending an Asian resident”.
The men face charges of “physical abuse, violation of privacy using media outlets and immoral act,” WAM said.
A video showing the assault was posted too, but was blurred to protect the identity of the victim.
This promoted outrage on Twitter with users saying the behavior shown in the video as “uncivilized and completely unconnected to Islam”. Others also suggested that they’ll be charged with racism and be deported.
The men, described as Arab residents, was seen pushing, kicking, inappropriately touching and throwing socks at an Asian man.
The victim, who appears shocked, does not respond in the video.
It is not yet known which emirate it took place.
There’s a strict anti-discrimination laws and anti-hate speech laws in the UAE, which were introduced in 2915.
Under this law, the penalties range from six-month jail sentences to more than 10 years, and fines from AED50,000 to AED2 million.
The law also extends to social media.
There are also cyber crime laws that protect an individual’s privacy if someone posts content without their consent.
According to the latest UAE Cybercrimes Law amended in 2018, they are facing a fine between AED500,000 and AED1 million to anyone who owns or runs a website or publishes information online with the aim to incite hatred. (ES)