Saudi authorities seizes rainbow toys for ‘contradicting Islamic faith and public morals’
Saudi Arabian authorities have begun seizing rainbow-coloured toys and children’s clothing for encouraging homosexuality.
Hair clips, bows, pop-its, hats, pencil cases and more have been taken away from shops in the capital Riyadh for “contradicting the Islamic faith and public morals”, one official said.
A report broadcast Tuesday evening (14 June) by the state-run Al Ekhbariya news channel claimed the government are confiscating the products as part of a “crackdown” on LGBTQ+ rights.
“We are giving a tour of the items that contradict the Islamic faith and public morals and promote homosexual colours targeting the younger generation,” said a commerce ministry worker involved in the campaign.
“The homosexuality flag is present in one of the Riyadh markets,” a journalist added. One shopkeeper protested the sweep, saying the apparently offending items are simply rainbow coloured. Nothing more.
The kingdom’s Ministry of Commerce and Investment shared the broadcast on Twitter, noting that rainbow products “contradict common sense” and “legal penalties” will be dealt to anyone selling them.
فرقنا الرقابية تنفذ جولات على منافذ البيع وتضبط وتصادر منتجات تتضمن رموز ودلالات تدعو للشذوذ وتنافي الفطرة السّوية، وتوقع الجزاءات النظامية على المنشآت المخالفة. pic.twitter.com/XyeNvYmOvl
— وزارة التجارة (@MCgovSA) June 14, 2022
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