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Is The Hurghada Free Hug Campaign Really Being Threatened By Arrests?

Hurghada huggers, beware! A hug will cost you 300 LE or 12 months.

Huggers, beware! It seems like hugging has always been illegal and no one actually knew about it. Here we were, all ignorantly thinking that hugging was this pure and decent way to express friendship and love between people. People, it is just terrible of you to be so preoccupied by the dollar value spike while some people are atrociously committing such a ‘scandalous’ act by trying to organise a free hug day in Hurghada! How dare they try to express friendship, love, and peace with foreigners? But don’t worry, it's all ok; the tourism police stood up against this obscenity and warned all people that, if they hug, they will get arrested.

Hurghada resident Ahmed Sayed had recently started the “Free Hug in Hurghada” event page with the hope to share and spread friendship and love amongst people on the 31st of March. According to CairoPost, Ahmed Mostafa Shahin, Tourism Police Sector General Manager, had not been officially informed of the event; he added that “staging such events will not be accepted.” Shahin made reference to Egypt’s Criminal Code Article 278, which states, “Whoever commits a public scandalous act against shame shall be punished with detention for a period not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding three hundred pounds.”


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