MUKALLA, Yemen (Reuters) – Five Yemeni hip-hop dancers thought their problems had ended when the Islamist militants who had banned them from performing were defeated in the port city of Mukalla nearly three years ago by forces backed by the United Arab Emirates.
But last month Yemeni security forces briefly detained the five members of the WaxOn band, broke their equipment and only released the dancers after they had signed a document saying they would stop dancing hip-hop in public.
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“The police said it was a religious sin,” band member Salman Basuad said.
Another band member, Mohammed Al Ameeri, said: “The officers were very violent.. They treated us as if we were terrorists.”
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Local security forces did not respond immediately to Reuters’ request for comment.
WaxOn band leader Mohammed Basaud said the ban reminded him of the “al Qaeda era” when the dancers were also barred from performing in public.
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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) ran a mini-state in the southern port city of Mukalla in 2015-16 before being defeated by forces backed...
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