An official from the Ministry of Commerce, whose name was not disclosed in the news, and who participated in the campaign, said, “We have to pay attention to slogans that violate the rules of Islam and general morality, such as promoting homosexuality and targeting the younger generation.” According to al-Ekhbariya.
Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia, which adheres to a strict interpretation of Sharia laws.
Items confiscated by the authorities were found to be bright in color, ranging from children’s hair accessories, pencil cases and backpacks to rainbow stripes, all in crayon packets designed for children, Al-Ekhbariya reported.
Saudi officials were seen at a children’s shop with a row of toys taken off the shelves and piled on the floor, where the Al-Ekhbariya reporter pointed to the rainbow flag and said “one of them has the homosexuality flag.” By adding the colors of Riyadh markets, he sends a “toxic message” to children.
The report did not specify the number of shops targeted and how many items were confiscated.
CNN reached out to Saudi officials for comment on the report, but has yet to receive a response.
In December last year, authorities in neighboring Qatar carried out a similar raid, in which they announced they were inspecting retail outlets in various parts of the country and confiscating children’s toys “with slogans against Islamic values.” said Commerce and Industry (MOCI).
“The Ministry of Commerce conducted inspection campaigns at a number of stores in different parts of the country, and the campaigns resulted in the seizure and release of numerous violations represented by children playing with slogans contrary to Islamic values, customs, and traditions,” said MOCI.