RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Authorities in Syria have confiscated hundreds of children’s kites because they “promote homosexuality”, prompting criticism from Syrians, according to a report published by the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper.
The government announced that it had “confiscated rainbow-colored kites in the city of Hama”, adding that the “kites promote homosexuality and contain colors that refer to homosexuality”.
Riyad Zayoud, director of the Internal Trade Branch in the Hama governorate, said that “the patrols seized children’s toys bearing the slogan of homosexuals in a store within Hama city, and the patrols issued a seizure document against the owner of the toys”.
Zayoud said the patrols had confiscated about 600 kites.
Al-Quds Al-Arabi said Syrians had criticized the confiscation of the kites, considering the measure an “unjustified phobia” since the kites had always carried the colors of the rainbow, long before the rainbow became a global logo for the LGBTQ+ community.
Some people also pointed out that the colors symbolized joy, which Syrian children desperately needed.