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19:15  17 july  2017
19:15  17 july  2017 Source:   Newsweek

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Saudi Arabia © Provided by IBT Media (UK) Saudi Arabia A woman in Saudi Arabia could face prison after posting a video on social media that showed herself dressed in a mini skirt and a crop top as she walked around in public.

The video, posted on Snapchat, struck out against Saudi Arabia's conservative value system, where the ruling royal family upholds a strict Wahhabist form of Islam. Women in the country must dress in long, loose, all-black garments as it is seen as protecting their modesty.

The woman, who remains unidentified, is seen walking around a fort in the village of Ushaiager, a village in the Najd region, located north of the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

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Saudi Arabia © Provided by IBT Media (UK) Saudi Arabia The country's religious police are now considering action against the woman for violating the country's public decency laws after the video came to their attention, CNN Arabic reported.

Conservative sections of Saudi society railed against the post. As competing hashtags began to emerge to support or oppose the woman, one male social media user condemned her actions on Twitter: "These are the demands of the ignorant liberal community, a broken woman, mixed cinema, songs and dance. This is their development! No health or education."

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He was referring to the modernization project of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman known as Vision 2030 that has allowed mixed film screenings and music concerts in the more liberal coastal city of Jeddah.

Another, Saudi writer Ibrahim al-Munayif, wrote to his followers on Twitter that Saudi Arabia has a legal code that must be followed like any other country.

"Just like we call on people to respect the laws of countries they travel to, people must also respect the laws of this country," he wrote, according to an Associated Press translation.

Saudi women walk past a jewelry shop at Tiba market in Riyadh, on October 3, 2016. Women in conservative Saudi society traditionally wear long, loose robes to adhere to its ultraconservative form of Islam. 

Saudi Arabia has a population of which more than half is under the age of 25 years old. Many choose to express themselves on social media within the boundaries of the country's strict laws, and platforms such as Snapchat and Twitter are increasingly popular.

This is why the Crown Prince, commonly known by his moniker MbS, is seeking greater avenues of entertainment to keep residents of the oil-rich country happy.

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