Religious police in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, have arrested around 67 men at a party, some of whom were dressed in drag which is against local law.

The event, attended by Filipino migrant workers, was apparently held to celebrate the Philippines’ independence day.

Some of the men may also be charged with “displaying homosexuality”, though none is accused of homosexual acts, an offence which carries much heavier penalties in Saudi Arabia.

Authorities say that alcohol, which is strictly banned in the country, was being consumed at the party.

The men were released pending final charges and could receive sentences of up to six months in prison and 60 lashes if found guilty.

The Philippines’ vice-consul in Riyadh, Roussell Reyes, told a radio station that he was aware of the arrests. “Some of those arrested were reportedly wearing gowns and wigs and drinking liquor. It seems that there was a party,” he said.

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