Guy Fawkes mask defies the ban

Updated 18 June 2013

Guy Fawkes mask defies the ban

Guy Fawkes masks popularized in the movie ‘V for Vendetta’ are still sold on Jeddah’s streets near traffic lights and on sidewalks despite the ban of the Ministry of Commerce on selling and importing the masks.

Last month local newspaper Al-Madina reported that the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance requested that imams at mosques and educators should caution youths from wearing these masks.

The Ministry of Interior had also urged the Ministry of Commerce to confiscate and ban importing the plastic masks for the Saudi market. The masks are sold for between SR 10 and SR 20.
Street sellers denied knowing anything about the ban. “I was never aware of this ban, I have been selling this item for more than a year. No one has stopped either me or any of my colleagues on the streets,” one street seller said.

Another seller told Arab News he did not know anything about the significance of the mask nor had he actually seen the movie or read the graphic novel by Alan Moore by the same name, in which the Guy Fawkes character features.

“This mask is popular with the young crowd. Sometimes I run out of these masks, particularly during weekends and during football finals, when young guys go to the street to celebrate after a winning game,” a seller said.


Saudi Arabia participates in UN Rohingya donor meeting

Updated 24 October 2020

Saudi Arabia participates in UN Rohingya donor meeting

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia participated in a UN conference for donors to the Rohingya refugee cause.

The Kingdom’s delegation to the meeting, held virtually in Geneva, was headed by the general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.

The main aims of the conference were to ensure the provision of aid and meet the urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya refugees, while also stepping up initiatives to deal with health education and economic requirements and help tackle the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

An estimated $15 billion in aid has been provided by the Kingdom to refugees around the world over the past two decades, including at least 60 years of support for the Rohingya minority group.

The Kingdom hosts around 270,000 Rohingya refugees, and provides them with free health and education services, and job opportunities.