Saudi religious police confiscated a large number of Guy Fawkes masks, more popularly known as vendetta masks, which retailers have stocked ahead of the national day. The interior ministry had been earlier banned these masks from the kingdom.
Haia members raided the main market in Jazan and seized the masks, reported Emirates 24/7. The confiscated Guy Fawkes masks were in white and green colors, and were sold along with other souvenirs in connection with the national day celebrations on Monday. Retailers were hoping to evade authorities and tempt people into buying the masks in patriotic colors.
Shop keepers in the market protested the actions of the Haia members, but were reminded that the masks were banned and that the Commission members were simply carrying out the ministry’s orders.
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