Saudis outraged by video of women in swimsuits just enjoying themselves at the beach


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Summary generated on August 25, 2020


    A few anonymous Saudi accounts defended the partygoers and called for greater tolerance in order to encourage tourism, a key component of Riyadh's plans to diversify its economy away from oil.

    Mixing between the sexes has been frowned upon in the ultra-conservative kingdom for decades but Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has relaxed some social restrictions as part of wider reforms.

    Activists allege the reform drive by the de-facto ruler are a "Charade" to present Saudi Arabia as a modern and reformist kingdom despite the continued imprisonment of rights activists, including women and pro-democracy campaigners.