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.