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Saudi Arabia Arrests Kindergarten Official for Rainbow Mural

Saudi Arabia’s infamous Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) arrested a kindergarten official due to a rainbow mural on a school building.

Translation: Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice removed the flag and fined the school 100,000 SAR after using LGBT flag.

The fine equals $26,663.47.

Al-Babawaba gathered tweets that poked fun at the news.

Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia. Those found guilty are sentenced to jail or flogged. A married man can be stoned to death if a court finds him guilty “of engaging in homosexual acts.” In June, officials raided two parties, which led to arrests of “several people on suspicion of homosexuality.” CPVPV arrested a group of young men for dancing and playing loud music in February. They claimed the men engaged in “shameful movements,” but did not elaborate.

This official also said, “[N]one of the men were dressed traditionally,” and took the opportunity to tell parents “to prevent their children from engaging in such behavior ‘because it can lead to immorality and even homosexuality.’”

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