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‘A scandalous act’: The Harlem shake sees four arrested in Egypt

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Egyptian police said Saturday they arrested four students who filmed themselves publicly dancing in their underwear, as more people around the world emulate a viral dance craze called the “Harlem Shake.”

The four pharmaceutical students shocked residents of a middle class Cairo neighborhood when they removed most of their clothes and videotaped themselves performing the pelvis-thrusting dance, a police official said.

The hostile audience tried to assault the students, who are accused of committing “a scandalous act,” the official added.

Egypt has strict public indecency laws.

Some Egyptians have posted videos of themselves on Youtube doing the “Harlem Shake” in front of the pyramids. One of them, dressed in white underwear and a bow tie, dances while riding a camel.

The dance craze was sparked by a group of Australian teenagers who uploaded the 31-second clip “The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original)” onto YouTube earlier this month. It has since been viewed almost 16 million times.

It has taken countries by storm with Dubai in the United Arab Emirates being added to the list. The event in Dubai called on youths and others to help beat the turn out in New York.