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« on: May 23, 2011 04:42 PM »


Asalaamu Alaikum bro

Looks like the Arab Spring has reached Saudi via another non violent means….




Saudi woman arrested after defying driving ban


Saudi authorities detained a female activist who uploaded a video of herself behind the wheel of a car on to YouTube, in a campaign to overturn a ban on female drivers in the deeply conservative kingdom.


More than 600,000 people have now watched the video, a seemingly mundane scene where Manal al-Sharif, 32, is seen chatting to a female friend as she drives around the eastern city of Khobar.


But the images were anything but mundane in Saudi Arabia, where religious police are charged with ensuring rigid observance of social mores, which include women covering up in public, and no mingling by unrelated members of the opposite sex.


Ms Sharif was initially arrested on Saturday and released after six hours, fellow activists said police came to her home around 3am yesterday morning to take her into detention again.


Ms Sharif, who learned to drive in the United States, has started a campaign through Facebook calling for women to be taught to drive and urging those with international licences to get behind the wheel from 17 June.


Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which bars women from driving. Although no law forbids it, women are denied driving licences, effectively rendering it illegal. Instead, they must rely on hired drivers, taxis, or male relatives to drive them.


Debate on the driving issue is vibrant, and Saudi women have mounted campaigns to put pressure on the government. Officials have signalled previously that the ban may be lifted, vague pledges that are never followed through.


Religious conservatives say female drivers would inevitably result in an erosion of moral values. But Ms Sharif ridicules such opposition, saying that she is much more vulnerable alone on a street than she would be if she had her own car to drive.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-woman-arrested-after-defying-driving-ban-2287817.html

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011 04:53 PM »

This is pretty common, I wonder why they're highlighting it now. My Dad's colleague's wife was arrested three times for the same offence. And it's not such a big deal as it seems in this article, many women get arrested everyday and they're released in a couple of hours after they sign that document agreeing not to do it again, the maximum detention is for a day, not more than that. Guess the media is playing mind games like they're doing in Libya. I think the government will eventually bow down to the pressure and legalize female driving, coz there are a lot of people who want it done, including a few princesses.
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2011 07:14 PM »

They're highlighting it now because there is a call for women to come out in cars on June 17th not in protest or defiance but as a peaceful effort to change the social norm. They have a fb page and I think 5000 women have committed to it. They sent a letter to the king asking for his support - hey! He did say his doors were open.
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2011 07:21 PM »

The king will support them, overtly or covertly is the question and eventually it'll be legalized anyway, he just has to appease the Ulema and it'll be done.
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 10, 2011 11:51 AM »

Asalaamu Alaikum bro

It will be interesting to see how this June 17 demonstration goes and how the authorities react if there are huge numbers of women driving around.

Perhaps Sr JO can give us some feedback when it happens.




Five women drivers arrested in Saudi Arabia


Agence France-Presse

Police in Saudi Arabia arrested five women yesterday for breaking a ban on female drivers in the kingdom.

The women were arrested north of Riyadh in Hettein district, according to one of those arrested. She said 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 that 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 protest by Saudi women who are planning to take the wheel in a demonstration against the ban that the kingdom enforces as part of its strict application of Sunni Islam.

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

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

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