Saudi Women Fined in Protest on Driving Ban

Forced to "sign a pledge to respect the kingdom's laws"

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Saudi activist Manal Al Sharif, who now lives in Dubai, drives her car in the Gulf Emirate city on October 22, 2013, as she campagins in solidarity with Saudi women preparing to take to the wheel on October 26, defying the Saudi authorities, fight for women's right to drive in Saudi Arabia.

At least 16 Saudi women were fined Saturday during a protest against the nation’s law banning women from driving, police said.

Six women were stopped while driving in the capital city of Riyadh and fined $80 each, Agence France-Presse reports. Meanwhile, local media reported that at least eight other women were stopped in other areas of the country.

The Riyadh protestors and their male guardians were forced to “sign a pledge to respect the kingdom’s laws,” according to Miman.

Activists called on Saudi women to take the wheel Saturday over social media as a part of a campaign to gain the right to drive.

[AFP]

8 comments
fixento68
fixento68

Do we really car what they do?   What business is it of ours?   We enough problems without running the flag up the pole for stupidity.

lwwgaw
lwwgaw

the problem is islam. its not really a religion.

fullstack4242
fullstack4242

Well its about time these women stand up for them selves over the evil that controls them!

bachcole
bachcole

What a big surprise!!  And here I thought that that all of the Arab men woke up one morning and decided to stop being morons.

charlesobryan
charlesobryan

Come over to Christianity, we allow woman to drive. Come to America, The men here are secure enough emotionally and mentally, and so we encourage woman to excell.

lauriedtmann
lauriedtmann

@lwwgaw Women drive in most Islamic countries.  But the interpretation of Islam in places like Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan is highly sexist.  Islam is as much a religion as Christianity or Judaism.