Dangerous Celebrations

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While the official government celebrations of the National Day have been largely subdued after the King’s decision to cancel the music concerts, the rallies of cars filled with young men waving green flags and engaging in varying degrees of shenanigans took place as usual. This video, for example, reportedly shows such rally in my hometown of Ahsa in the Eastern Province:

People on Twitter are circulating this video that shows men looting a Baskin Robbins ice cream store in Khobar, but the video is actually old. It is from 2009. You can read more about the 2009 National Day vandalism incidents here.

That doesn’t mean the day’s celebrations were without their incidents. A video posted to YouTube Sunday night reportedly showed men vandalizing a restaurant in Khamis Mushait in the southern part of the country:

Famous psychologist Tariq al-Habib said on Twitter that his 10-year-old son was seriously injured in a car accident on the road to Mozahimiya by people he described as “reckless.” Very sad to hear this. I wish the boy a speedy recovery.

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