On Monday (March 24), on Instagram, a Dubai-based social media influencer posted a series of videos on her account apparently encouraging her followers to go against the advice of health authorities regarding stay at home as much as possible to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
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His large number of comments against the government campaign urging people to practice social distancing led several Twitter users to denounce the video by tagging the Dubai Police.
Dubai Police Arrest European Influencer For Mocking Comments On #StayHome Rules
On Tuesday, the Dubai police released an announcement on Twitter announcing that a member of the public had been arrested for “showing his indifference to the national #StayHome campaign.”
The tweet said: “Dubai police arrested a European citizen of Arab origin for posting a video showing her disregard for the national #StayHome campaign and encouraging people to defy authorities’ instructions for social distancing. Legal measures were taken against her. The case has been referred to the Federal Prosecutor for information technology crimes. Dubai Police stress the importance of residents fully complying with directives issued by authorities to safeguard public health. “
The video posted by the influencer seems to mock the measures established by the authorities. According to the ArabNews report, the influencer said:
“Finally let’s run“Said Azaiz, who is seen outside with one of her friends.”I wanted to tell you that yesterday I went running with my friend and I was afraid to put a video because two days ago when I was running and when I told people that they should go out and do what they want, I have been attacked on social networks, they called me irresponsible and crazy,” She explained.
“However, I am doing little races. I am alone or I bring a friend with me because I don’t want to make anyone unhappy and I don’t want to take any risks. But what I’m saying is that you don’t have to participate in this campaign, stay at home,” She continued.
In the same report, one of the now-deleted videos he shared with his 42,000 followers on Instagram sent a message inciting him to defy the law.
“Do what you want to do, no matter what is out there. If you want to leave home, go for a walk or run, just do it. Stay positive and stop adding home to this drama. Why do you stay home?” she said.
Her misleading posts have generated a huge backlash on social media since her post – some users even reported the clips to the Dubai police and led to the arrest.
The influencer’s comments came just after Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan took to Instagram and Twitter to share a long and heartfelt plea urging residents of the United Arab Emirates to stay home amid the rapid coronavirus.
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