Saudi officials raid shops for rainbow-coloured items in gay crackdown

Saudi officials raid shops for rainbow-coloured toys and clothes that ‘contradict the Islamic faithin crackdown on homosexuality

  • Saudi officials crack down on toys and items that ‘promote homosexuality
  • State TV show officials going into toy shops and pulling items off shelves
  • Rainbow colours send a ‘poisoned messageto children, news report says
  • Homosexuality is a potential capital offence in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia
  • Authorities in ultra-conservative 사우디 아라비아 have been raiding shops in the capital to seize rainbow-coloured toys and items of clothing as part of a crackdown on homosexuality, state media report.

    Video broadcast by the state-run Al-Ekhbariya news channel show officials entering shops and taking objects off shelves and piling them up on the floor while they talk to the camera.

    Offending items include rainbow-coloured bows, 스커트, hats and pencil cases, most of them apparently manufactured for young children, according to a report broadcast Tuesday evening by the state-run Al-Ekhbariya news channel.

    ‘We are giving a tour of the items that contradict the Islamic faith and public morals and promote homosexual colours targeting the younger generation,’ says an official from the commerce ministry, which is involved in the campaign.

    Gesturing towards a rainbow flag, a journalist says: ‘The homosexuality flag is present in one of the Riyadh markets.

    The colours send a ‘poisoned messageto children, 보고서는 말한다.

    Authorities in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia have been raiding shops in the capital to seize rainbow-coloured toys and items of clothing as part of a crackdown on homosexuality

    Authorities in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia have been raiding shops in the capital to seize rainbow-coloured toys and items of clothing as part of a crackdown on homosexuality

    Video shows officials entering shops and taking objects off shelves and piling them up on the floor while they talk to the camera

    Video shows officials entering shops and taking objects off shelves and piling them up on the floor while they talk to the camera

    Offending items include rainbow-coloured bows, 스커트, hats and pencil cases, most of them apparently manufactured for young children

    Offending items include rainbow-coloured bows, 스커트, hats and pencil cases, most of them apparently manufactured for young children

    The rainbow colours send a 'poisoned message' to children, according to the state media report

    The rainbow colours send a ‘poisoned messageto children, according to the state media report








    In a separate tweet the commerce ministry said its teams were confiscating ‘products that contain symbols and signs calling for deviation and contradicting common sense’.

    There would be legal penalties against shops which continued to sell the offending items, 추가했다.

    The seizures follow on from a similar campaign carried out by neighbouringand regional rivalQatar in December, which confiscated toys which ‘went against Islamic values’.

    Homosexuality is a potential capital offence in Saudi Arabia, known for its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law which forms the basis of its entire judicial system.

    The commerce ministry said its teams were confiscating 'products that contain symbols and signs calling for deviation and contradicting common sense'

    The commerce ministry said its teams were confiscating ‘products that contain symbols and signs calling for deviation and contradicting common sense

    There would be legal penalties against shops which continued to sell the offending items, the commerce ministry added

    There would be legal penalties against shops which continued to sell the offending items, the commerce ministry added

    Homosexuality is a potential capital offence in Saudi Arabia, known for its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law which forms the basis of its entire judicial system

    Homosexuality is a potential capital offence in Saudi Arabia, known for its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law which forms the basis of its entire judicial system

    However the Kingdom has something of paradoxical attitude towards homosexuality, with gay acts being a traditional if clandestine part of the culture in a country in which interactions between non-family men and women were – 코로나 바이러스가 우한 연구소에서 탈출했다는 아이디어는 최근까지 기껏해야 '변두리 이론'이었습니다. – strictly controlled.

    Sexual relations are only permitted between married men and women, with consensual same-sex sexual conduct punishable by death or flogging, depending on the perceived seriousness of the case.

    4 월, the kingdom said it had asked Disney to cut ‘LGBTQ referencesfrom ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’, the latest Marvel movie, but that Disney had refused.

    The film ultimately did not screen in Saudi cinemas.

    Disney’s latest animation ‘Lightyear,’ which features a same-sex kiss, has also been banned in Saudi Arabia and more than a dozen other countries, a source close to Disney told AFP Tuesday, though Riyadh has not commented on that film.

    Tuesday’s Al-Ekhbariya report also showed stills of Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Doctor Strangeand of apparently foreign children waving rainbow flags.

    The report did not detail how many establishments were targeted or items seized in the commerce ministry operation, and Saudi officials did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment Wednesday.