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Women in Saudi Arabia part in a protest on Friday against measures that pretty much ban them driving. Around thirty female, would-be motorists their cars in various cities across the country. Their actions were part of a from the Women2drive Facebook site. Manal al-Sharif, who set up the site, was arrested on May 21 and released the day. She was rearrested after posting videos of herself on YouTube and a week in prison. Authorities said she was “inciting public opinion and the country’s reputation.” Another woman was a traffic ticket in the capital Riyadh on Friday, but there were no . Fewer women than expected decided to against their inability to drive.

Friday’s protest was the in a string of incidents of Saudi women driving a licence and then posting videos of themselves online. Maha al-Qahtani, 39, drove Riyadh on Friday with her husband in the passenger seat. She said: “This is my right. It should not be a big deal. There is nothing or illegal about driving.” Another woman a video on YouTube with the message: “All I want is to do my errands or go to work I want.” Many women complain that they spend a of their salary on hiring a driver to take them to and from work. There is no against female drivers in Saudi, but women cannot get with a driving licence to drive in cities.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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