“We’re having to look out for slogans that violate the foundations of Islam and public morals like selling homosexuality colours, concentrating on the younger era,” stated an official from the Ministry of Commerce, who was unnamed within the report and is concerned within the marketing campaign, in accordance with al-Ekhbariya.
Homosexuality is against the law in Saudi Arabia, which adheres to a strict interpretation of Sharia legislation.
The gadgets which have been seized by authorities have been seen to be shiny in colour, starting from kids’s hair equipment, pencil instances, and backpacks to rainbow stripes featured in crayon packets, all designed for kids, the al-Ekhbariya report particulars.
The Saudi officers have been seen to be in a kids’s store with a lot of toys taken from the cabinets and piled in a heap on the ground, the place the reporter for al-Ekhbariya pointed in direction of a rainbow flag saying the “homosexuality flag is current in one of many Riyadh markets,” including the colours ship a “toxic message” to kids.
The report didn’t point out the variety of outlets that have been focused nor what number of gadgets have been seized.
CNN has reached out to Saudi authorities for a touch upon the report however has not but obtained a response.
In December final yr, authorities in neighboring Qatari carried out an identical raid the place they introduced they inspected shops throughout varied areas within the nation, seizing kids’s toys that have been “bearing slogans that go towards Islamic values,” a tweet from the Qatari Ministry of Commerce and Business stated (MOCI).
“The Ministry of Commerce carried out inspection campaigns on a lot of outlets in several areas of the nation, and the campaigns resulted within the seizure and launch of a lot of violations, represented by kids taking part in with slogans that violate Islamic values, customs, and traditions,” MOCI stated.