Jordan Anxiety Festival sparks outrage after sexually suggestive images surface

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A festival for teenagers has enraged authorities in Jordan after images from the event showed youth committing “sexually suggestive practices,” local reports have said.

The festival called “Anxiety” was held on Friday and themed after Japanese cartoon characters, known as anime, to attract teenagers.

Reports said around five thousand teenagers have attended Friday’s festival, but the images circulated online prompted authorities to become anxious.

It is reported that the festival’s events included “sexually suggestive practices that do not comply with public morality”, in addition to recording several sexual harassment incidents at the location.

The festival has been initially rated as a family event by its organizers that suits all ages.

Jordan’s interior minister has demanded the arrest of the festival’s organizers for violating the content of the request submitted to the governor and for holding an event that “violates public decency.”

The request submitted by the organizers was to hold a family event at a restaurant called “Telal Al Saba’a”, and did not include serving alcoholic drinks. The restaurant located in the capital Amman will by shutdown and the owner will also be arrested, the interior ministry statement added.

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