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Saudi Arabian YouTubers: Gays Must Be Killed in 'Most Horrific Ways' 

Saudi Arabian YouTubers: Gays Must Be Killed in 'Most Horrific Ways'


The hateful tirade was promped by a ceremonial gay wedding in Riyadh. 

In Saudi Arabia, there is no such thing as LGBT rights. The Arabian kingdom is governed by the extremist Wahhabi form of Islam, which makes homosexuality a crime punishable by death—and the law is rigorously enforced. However, challenges for LGBT people are more deeply embedded in the country, and individuals and groups often take violence into their own hands. Two prominent Saudi Arabian YouTubers did just that, uploading a video calling for the brutal killings of gay people, listing impalement as one possible means.

The video, uploaded by Fe2aFala, was prompted by a recent raid on an unofficial gay wedding ceremony in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. With 500,000 subscribers, the video quickly amassed more than 45 million views, according to Pink News. The LGBT rights group Saudi Arabian Human Rights uploaded a version of the video with English subtitles to highlight the horrific message, encouraging viewers to report the content. YouTube responded by taking the original video down, saying that it had violated their policy on hate speech. 

The video, which is troubling, can be viewed below:

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