More Saudi Arabian Women Arrested for Driving

Thursday, 09 Jun 2011 04:50 PM

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Five Saudi Arabian women were purported to have been arrested for driving, according to MyFox.com. The site reports that one of the unnamed women claims Saudi police picked up her and five others while they were “training for driving” north of Riyadh.

Saudi women, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
She said the five of them, ages 20 to 30, were held at a police station until their male relatives came to take them home.

The woman says they were practicing in an empty lot: “We did not break the law. We were not driving on the road.”

Even so, organizers of an upcoming nationwide demonstration against Saudi Arabia’s draconian rule against women drivers insist that there is no law on the books that forbids it, but that it stems from a religious proclamation, or fatwa.

Saudi authorities recently released a woman they had detained last month for driving. That arrest spurred a nationwide campaign to end the ban.




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