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Saudi security video shows feminism, atheism, homosexuality as forms of extremism



A video published on the Twitter account of Saudi Arabia's State Security Agency lists feminism, homosexuality and atheism as "forms of extremism."

The video, published this weekend by a verified state security presidency account and quoted by Reuters, says "all forms of extremism and perversion are unacceptable."

"Don't forget that excess of anything at the expense of the homeland is considered extremism," a voiceover said in the video.

  Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi at the signing of a power-sharing agreement.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi at the signing of a power-sharing agreement.
(Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File)

In the midst of criticism, officials removed the video and blamed the post on the people who made the clip. In a statement quoted by Reuters, the security agency said the video contained errors in its classification of extremism.

According to Saudi law, homosexuality and atheism are punishable by death; Support for so-called extremist groups could lead to prison, Reuters reported.

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The Security Agency's entry appeared to be in violation of the King's latest investment in the King's Government.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has publicly advocated a less militant brand of Islam, while Riyadh has also unleashed his surveillance system, where women are assigned a male relative to follow them and approve their decision.

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Heba Morayef, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa director, called the State Security Agency's video "outrageous."

"The announcement by the Saudi State Security Agency marking feminism, atheism and homosexuality as extremist ideas punishable by imprisonment and flogging is outrageous – clearly contradicting the Kingdom's false reformist image that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman continues to flag internationally," he continued to flag internationally.


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