Sunday, May 22, 2011

Manal al-Sharif detained by police while driving in al-Khobar

Below are links to two stories about the brief detention of Saudi woman driver, Manal al-Sharif. She was driving in the Eastern Province city of al-Khobar and was detained on Saturday, May 21, 2011 by the CVPVP - The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. She was allowed to go home after signing a statement that she would not drive again. The CNN story adds that authorities also tried to detain her on Sunday.

Both the Associated Press and CNN have picked up on the story. Below are links to them both.

CNN story about Manal al-Sharif's detained

Things are happening quickly now. A new facebook page in support of Manal has been set up and there are many videos and postings. It's all in Arabic, but if you can read it, here is the link to her page. The title of the 'community' page is "We are all Manal al-Sharif"

Facebook Page: We are all Manal al-Sharif

And below is a video that Manal al-Sharif made that is a call to action. It's in Arabic, but the jist of it is...she is explaining the facebook movement urging women to drive. She's reiterating that are not breaking the law, not trying to cause trouble, just trying to claim their rights. She also says if you are a Saudi woman with a valid driver's license of some kind, then consider driving.

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