Malaysian authorities seize Rainbow Pride Swatch watches

Swiss watchmaker Swatch has announced that Malaysian authorities have raided its stores and seized 164 watches that were part of its Pride collection.

The watches were seized at various shopping malls across the country on May 13th and 14th. LGBT Implications,” Brand said.

The watch is available in six colors to match the colors of the Pride flag, and the strap features two rainbow loops.

Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek said in a statement that the brand “strongly disputes” that the watches are “harmful.”

“We strongly object to the use of rainbow colors and a collection of watches with messages of peace and love that could be harmful to anyone.

“On the contrary, Swatch always promotes a positive message of the joy of life. There is nothing political about this.

“I wonder how the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Regulation and Enforcement Division can seize the beautiful natural rainbow that appears in Malaysia’s skies thousands of times a year.”

Homosexual relationships are illegal in the Muslim-majority country, and those who break the rules can face up to 20 years in prison for sodomy under Islamic law.

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Swatch has resumed selling its Pride collection watches and said its legal department is investigating the seizure.

Gay rights group Jejaca condemned the confiscation of the watches, saying it showed “a deeply disturbing level of intolerance”.

“It’s not just a matter of colorful watches,” the company said in a statement.

“It’s about respect for diversity, freedom of expression and most importantly love.”

Interior Minister Saifuddin Nasution told The Associated Press that he would wait for a full report on the matter before issuing a statement.

This follows recent criticism from the opposition All Malaysian Islamic Party for supporting Coldplay’s concert scheduled for November. LGBT movement.

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