RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s Public Security authorities have warned that one year jail or SR3000 in fine or both will be awarded to those who insult the national flag of Saudi Arabia or any other friendly countries.

According to the Public Security statement, anyone who caused to fall down, insult, or disrespect, in any way, the national flag to show hatred or contempt for the authority of the Saudi government or friendly countries will face punitive measures.

The penalty will be awarded to those who insult the national flag, the royal flag, or any other emblem of Saudi Arabia, or of a friendly foreign country in public or in a public place or in place open to the public will face punitive measures.

The statement came in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s celebration of Flag Day on Saturday. This is in line with the directive of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to celebrate Flag Day on March 11 every year. The Saudi flag is the national symbol that tells the story of the Kingdom’s history and its great legacy.

The flag that dates back centuries ago carries with it many strong moments in the history of this country that would make every Saudi proud. It was on March 11 in 1937 AD that the Kingdom's founder, King Abdul Aziz approved the national flag of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia chose the green color with the Islamic creed of monotheism “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of God” in the middle, and under it is a drawn sword, and this is the flag inherited since the first Saudi state.

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