A UAE man has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. In a social media world where bad deeds cannot go unnoticed, a video showing a UAE man professedly locking up supporters of the Indian football team in a birdcage ahead of a football match with the UAE has gone viral. The viral video shows the man, wielding a stick, sitting and talking to several workers locked up in a birdcage. This inhumane act has not gone unnoticed and the man has been arrested.
Watch the atrocious video of the Indian workers locked up here:
🔻دولـة الامارات العربية المتحدة— فاطمة الحبسي (@AlhabsiFatma) January 11, 2019
النائب العام للدولة: تم اتخاذ الإجراءات القانونية ضد صاحب فيديو حبس أشخاص من الجنسية الآسيوية داخل قفص طيور ليدفعهم لتشجيع المنتخب الإماراتي وعرضه على النيابة المختصة باعتبار أن هذا المسلك جريمة معاقب عليها قانونا ولايعبر عن قيم التسامح فالإمارات pic.twitter.com/twUlfbsXaQ
According to the Khaleej Times, the man locked up the Indian football fans as a ‘joke’. "These men are my workers, one of whom I've known for 22 years. I live with my men on this farm, we eat from the same plate.
"I did not beat them, nor did I truly 'lock' them up.
"This is the Year of Tolerance. Please understand my intentions’’, the man is said to have responded.
As per reports, the UAE man locked up the Indian workers on finding out that they supported the Indian football team instead of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2-0 in the AFC Asian Cup. On finding out that support for the Indian team, he tells them that's not good, they live in the UAE and should support it. After knocking on the wiring, he asks them again and they reply they support the UAE and he then lets them out of the cage, the report said.
According to the statement by the Attorney General: "The video allegedly shows a man who locked up several men of Asian nationality in a bird cage. They were supposed to cheer for the UAE national team in their match against India in the AFC Asian Cup.
"Legal action was taken, with reports submitted to the prosecutor's office.
"A warrant was issued for the man who made the video, and he was arrested and brought in for questioning.
"Not only is the act a criminal offence punishable by law in the UAE, it does not reflect the values of tolerance and respect.
The statement ends with, "Discrimination is not acceptable, as we believe in equality of opportunity and meritocracy.
"People excel through their efforts and behaviour."
The Anti-Discriminatory Law condemns actions that would comprise hate speech or the promotion of discrimination or violence against others using any form of media, including online, print, radio or visual media.
Penalties for violation of the various provisions of the law include jail-terms of six months to over 10 years, and fines from Dh50,000 to Dh2 million.