For all their pro-active publicity, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice can’t seem to keep its mission straight. Saudi Gazette/Okaz report on an incident in which the religious police in Riyadh took it upon themselves to disrupt a British Education fair, sponsored by the British Council, because it involved ‘intermingling of the sexes’. No Commission authority seems to know anything about the incident, which is being investigated by the Riyadh Emirate.
Probe into Vice cops raid of British universities fair
RIYADH – The Riyadh Emirate on Tuesday ordered an investigation into last Sunday’s disruption of a British Universities Fair at Yamamah College here by members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haya) objecting to intermingling of men and women.
The investigation order was issued by Acting Emir Prince Sattam Bin Abdul Aziz.
Fair supervisor Abdulaziz Al-Sharikh said the vice cops entered the campus late in the afternoon posing as representatives of a government body. College security staff could not stop them.
Once inside, the Haya men went around asking Saudi women to leave the fair at once, he said.