Saudi Arabia: Woman Arrested For Defying Driving Ban


Authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested a female activist after she launched a campaign against the ban on women driving in the conservative Middle East kingdom.

Manal al-Sarif was taken into custody after posting a YouTube video of herself behind the wheel of a car.

Not only does Saudi Arabia forbid women from driving, it also insists that women must have written permission from a male — a father, husband, brother or son — to travel anywhere.

The campaigners against the driving ban have called for a mass protest on June 17 when thousands of Saudi women are expected to go for a drive.


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