Saudi flower shops will not shut on “Valentine Day”

Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police denied reports that they would shut flower shops on Thursday within a crackdown on Valentine Day celebrations.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice said any decision to close those shops during that day is not within its authorization.

“We have no intention to shut flower shops on Thursday…those press reports are not true,” the Commission’s chairman Sheikh Abdul Lateef Al Shaikh said.

“This decision is not within the powers of the Commission but other authorities…we only act against those who violate our religion and the laws enforced in the Kingdom,” he added, quoted by Saudi newspapers on Tuesday.

Celebrating non-Moslem occasions such as Valentine and X-Mas in public is not allowed in Saudi Arabia, one of the most conservative Moslem nations.

 

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