By Gavin Gibbon
Third arrest made by Dubai Police since strict laws brought in to combat spread of Covid-19
Dubai Police have arrested an Asian man who posted a video online encouraging people to ignore traffic laws and disrespect police officers.
According to a social media posting from Dubai Police: “Necessary legal actions have been taken against the offender accordingly.”
It is the third arrest made by the emirate’s police force since the strict laws were brought in, aimed at containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus, all related to postings made on social media.
Earlier this month a European man was arrested for posting a video from Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) urging people to ignore the restrictions on beach access; and last week, legal action was taken against a European national or Arab origin, criticising the UAE’s #StayHome campaign and encouraging others to defy strict social distancing instructions.
A police statement said: “The General Command of the Dubai Police warns that residents must comply with the directives issued by security entities, be they local or federal.
“If safeguards for public health are violated, residents will be held accountable and face legal measures.”
There are currently 570 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE, with three deaths reported.