Saudi Arabia police drag crying man through street ‘after he threatened to protest’

WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT Video shows the man, said to be an Egyptian who wanted to return to his homeland, being pulled through the streets of Saudi capital Riyadh


Shocking footage reportedly shows an Egyptian man being dragged through the street by Saudi police after allegedly threatening to protest over not being not being allowed to return home.

The horrifying scenes were reportedly recorded after the man, who has not been named in reports, threatened to demonstrate in front of the Egyptian embassy in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

It is said to have followed weeks of failed attempts to return to his native country.

In the video, the man can be seen crying as he is dragged along a street by his feet by Saudi security forces during his reported arrest.

The man can be heard crying out “I swear to God, I did not mean it”.

Shocking footage shows the man being dragged through the street (Image: CEN)

Local media report the man had previously posted videos to social media threatening to replicate demonstrations by Egyptians outside their embassy in Kuwait earlier in May calling for repatriation.

Reports state Kuwaiti police dispersed what they called a riot of stranded Egyptians, with local media stating that tear gas was seemingly used by the authorities.

Saudi Arabia relies on a huge number of foreign workers to maintain its economy and many of these workers are now reportedly trapped in the country because of worldwide travel restrictions brought in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It happened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Image: CEN)

The man reportedly wanted to return home to Egypt (Image: CEN)

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Saudi Arabia has suffered 39,048 cases of COVID-19 with 246 deaths.

It is unclear if the man in the video has been charged.

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