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Saudi arrests five women for driving
A week before a planned nationwide protest by Saudi women against driving ban, 5 women are arrested as they were supposedly training to drive off the street
AFP , Thursday 9 Jun 2011
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Police in Saudi Arabia arrested five women on Thursday for breaking a ban on female drivers in the conservative kingdom, one of the women said.
The women were arrested north of Riyadh in Hettein district, she told AFP by telephone, saying that they were "training for driving" in three cars at an empty plot when two police officers arrived and detained them.

The women, who are aged between 20 and 30, were taken to a police station in Sahafa street, and their male guardians were called in, said one woman, who used a mobile phone which they were allowed to keep.
"We did not break the law. We were not driving on the road," she said.

The arrests come a week before a nationwide protest by Saudi women who are planning to take the wheel in protest against the ban which is unique to the kingdom that applies a strict version of Sunni Islam.

The organisers of the June 17 demonstration emphasise that no law in Saudi Arabia forbids women from driving and that the ban is based on a fatwa, or religious edict, issued in the kingdom.

A Saudi woman was arrested last month after being caught driving in Eastern Province, triggering a national campaign urging King Abdullah to release her and lift the ban on women driving.
In addition to the driving ban, women are not allowed to travel without an authorisation from a male guardian. In public, they are forces to cover from head to toe.





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issac
10-06-2011 12:22pm
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women rights
It is high time that women in this Kingdom rebel against them being ruled by males.What is this absurdity that a woman must have a male guardian? needs his permission to travel ? Freedom for the opressed women in Saudi Arabia.
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issac
10-06-2011 12:20pm
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women rights
It is high time that women in this Kingdom rebel against them being ruled by males.What is this absurdity that a woman must have a male guardian? needs his permission to travel ? Freedom for the opressed women in Saudi Arabia.
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Murad Jeddah
09-06-2011 08:58pm
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Our Campaign
We are running the campaign and seeing women in the streets gives up hope that soon our government will lift this ban. There is no law that prevents women from driving. King Abdullah himself released a video stating that. But the police decided to regulate this cultural taboo. That is why women are allowed to drive outside cities. And why these women are arrested, asked to sign a paper not repeat their act, and then release within 1 or 2 hours. There is no offence for it, the police is just reacting to a law that does not exist.
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Sherif
09-06-2011 08:37pm
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Waste of time, money and talent!
Does the police force in Saudi have nothing better to do? Have they completely controlled all the crime in the country to start focusing on the stupidity of arresting women who dare to drive? This is the epitome of an ignorant and regressive society who is willing to waste the country's money while letting many live in poverty, to waste the talent of fifty percent of its population just because a regressive man dictated this 1600 years ago. Women are my mothers, my sisters and my daughters, and are every bit as deserving of the same respect I give to my father, my brother and son. I hope Egypt would never be sucked into this ugly mentality.
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