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Image copyright Asayel Slay Saudi officials have called for the arrest of a female rapper who released a music video for her song Mecca Girl that praises women from the holy city as “powerful and beautiful”.Social media users reacted angrily, calling the authorities “hypocritical”.In 2018 the crown prince of the conservative country began a programme…

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Asayel Slay

Saudi officials have called for the arrest of a female rapper who released a music video for her song Mecca Girl that praises women from the holy city as “powerful and beautiful”.Social media users reacted angrily, calling the authorities “hypocritical”.In 2018 the crown prince of the conservative country began a programme of reforms.But activists say repression has increased and there is a crackdown on freedom of expression.The video was released on YouTube last week by a young rapper who identifies herself as Asayel Slay.She raps about women in the city of Mecca, which is Islam’s holiest site where millions of Muslims go on Hajj or pilgrimage annually.”Our respect to other girls but the Mecca girl is sugar candy,” she sings in the video while men and women dance in a cafĂ©.It was widely shared on social media, and people used hashtag #Mecca_Girl_Represents_Me to praise it.On Thursday governor of Mecca Khaled al-Faisal ordered the arrest of the people behind the vi
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