Defiant Saudi women get behind wheel

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  1. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 7 years ago

    Why are women still treated like property in 2011?!!

    RIYADH (AFP)  Defiant Saudi women got behind the wheels of their cars Friday in response to calls for nationwide action to break a traditional ban unique to the ultra-conservative kingdom.

    The call spread through Facebook and Twitter is the largest en masse action since November 1990, when 47 Saudi women were arrested and severely punished after demonstrating in cars.

    Forty-two women took part in Friday's protest, according to the Facebook campaign page Women2drive, which said none were arrested, one was given a traffic ticket and that two others were escorted home.

    A woman said she was stopped by a policeman in Mecca who confiscated her mobile phone and those of her passengers but made no effort to take her to a police station.
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    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I have maintained that the oppressed peoples of the Islamic countries look at the free world and want what they see.  It will change the face of that religion in time.

      On the other hand - a wild bunch of untrained, unskilled women drivers all getting behind the wheel at the same time and place for the first time?  I'm gonna open a body shop there! lol

      1. kerryg profile image85
        kerrygposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Have you seen how Saudi men drive? Women, no matter how untrained, could hardly be worse!

        1. wilderness profile image98
          wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Well, the first two seemed rather skilled.  Nuts, but skilled.

  2. TMMason profile image66
    TMMasonposted 7 years ago

    They will preobrably get 50 to a 100 lashes each for that.

    Saudi Arabia is some of the strictist Islam out there. Wahhabist Ideology is as close as you can get to Ibn Hazm. Who was a strict literalist in his understanding of the Qu'ran, Hadth, and in his works on Islamic Law.

    Not a nice thing. I hope it works for them... but I doubt it. God bless them an keep them safe.

  3. Paul Wingert profile image74
    Paul Wingertposted 7 years ago

    It's about time that these Islamic countries wake up and realize this isn't the 6th Century.

    1. Paul Wingert profile image74
      Paul Wingertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Then come to think of it, it wasn't too long ago that in this country that women couldn't vote and so on.

      1. kerryg profile image85
        kerrygposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        It's within living memory - pretty horrifying to realize!

  4. dutchman1951 profile image60
    dutchman1951posted 7 years ago

    No punishments in Public due to Camera's but wounder what the Goverment orderd thier Husbands to do?

    It is not as open and free there as it is portrayed!

    That took real strength for those women to act. Courage.


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