Saudi man arrested for flying rainbow flag, didn’t know what it symbolises
A man in Saudi Arabia has been arrested for flying the rainbow flag at his home.
The doctor, who lives in Jeddah, apparently didn’t know the flag represented LGBT+ pride.
He says he bought the flag online after one of his children said they liked the “pretty” design, reports CNN.
The religious police in Saudi, known as the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, came to the man’s home after he raised the flag three metres on a pole.
The doctor was later bailed after an “investigation”, but did agree to remove the flag.
Saudi Arabia criminalises homosexuality, and it is punishable by death.
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