I think one might understand why the Saudi government might not want the iconic imagery of Guy Fawkes to be seen running around the streets of the Kingdom. In fact, the government banned the mask made famous by groups like Anonymous, the various “Occupy” organizations, an anarchists, fed by its use in the anti-authoritarian film “V for Vendetta”. Guy Fawkes, who could properly be described as a religious extremist or even terrorist, is not the model the government would like to see Saudi youths emulate.
The ban on selling the masks, however, seems to have a problem. Apparently no one bothered to tell the street vendors who are happily selling the masks in ignorance of the ban. Arab News reports.
Guy Fawkes mask defies the ban
JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS
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.