“We must beware of slogans that violate the rules of Islam and public morality, such as propaganda of homosexual connotations aimed at the younger generation,” said a Commerce Department official who is not named in the report and who is involved in the campaign. , according to al-Ekhbariya.
Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia, which adheres to a strict interpretation of Sharia law.
Items that were seized by authorities were brightly colored, ranging from children’s hair accessories, pencil cases and backpacks to rainbow stripes on crayon boxes.
Saudi officials were seen in a children’s store with several toys taken off the shelves and piled on the floor, where an Al-Ekhbariya reporter pointed to a rainbow flag, stating that “the flag of homosexuality is present in one.” markets in Riyadh, “the addition of flowers sends a toxic message to children.”
The report did not mention the number of stores attacked or the number of goods seized.
CNN has reached out to the Saudi Arabian authorities 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, announcing that they were checking outlets in various parts of the country, confiscating children’s toys that “were written with slogans contrary to Islamic values,” the Qatari Ministry of Justice said in a tweet. Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MOCI).
“The Ministry of Commerce conducted inspection campaigns in a number of stores in different regions of the country, as a result of which a number of violations were seized and released, represented by children playing with slogans that violate Islamic values, customs and traditions,” the Ministry of Emergency Situations said in a statement.