Sunday, May 22, 2011

In Saudi Arabia, a Simple Kind of Protest

In the world capital of legalized sexism, a place where women
are not allowed to drive and must have written approval from a designated guardian -- a father, husband, brother or son -- to leave the country, work or travel abroad.
A small group of women have started protesting by simply doing the things that the law forbids:
Saudi authorities arrested a female activist on Sunday who launched a campaign to challenge a ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom and posted a video on the Internet of her driving, activists said. The YouTube video, posted on Thursday, has attracted more than 500,000 views and shows Manal Alsharif, who learned to drive in the United States, driving her car in Khobar in the oil-producing Eastern Province.
One day the oil-fueled alliance between the United States and the Saudi royal family is going to collapse.

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