Saudi police pounce on woman defying drive ban

December 28, 2013 | By | Reply More

Dec 28, – Saudi police on Saturday pulled over a woman minutes after she got behind the wheel in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after activists called for a new challenge to a driving ban.

SAUDI-WOMEN-DRIVING-RIGHTS“Only 10 minutes after Tamador Al Yami got behind the wheel police stopped her,” activist Eman Al Nafjan said, adding that Yami carries an international driving licence and was with another woman who was filming her in the car.

Tamador’s husband was called to the scene and she was forced to sign a pledge not to drive again without a Saudi licence, said Nafjan on her Twitter account.

Elsewhere in Khobar, in Eastern Province, another woman drove for two hours, accompanied by her husband, without being stopped, Nafjan said.

Activists said Saturday was chosen as a “symbolic” date as part of efforts first launched more than a decade ago to press for the right for Saudi women to drive.

The call for action is a “reminder of the right so it is not forgotten,” activist Nasima Al Sada said.

Saturday’s action is a continuation of a campaign launched on October 26, when 16 activists were stopped by police for defying the ban.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat contributed to this report.

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Category: Arab uprising, Women Rights

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