The AFP is reporting the driving protest will be delayed until Friday. A link to the story is here and the text is below:
14 hours ago
RIYADH — Saudi female activists who had been expected to brave a
driving ban have postponed a planned day of action for Sunday following
the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin
Abdul Aziz, a member of the group
"The campaign has been postponed until Friday," said Hind
al-Zahid of the Women2Drive group that had urged women to get behind the
wheel on Sunday for the first anniversary of a campaign that has seen
several defiant women arrested.
A statement by the group on Friday
had urged "women who hold driving licences (from abroad) to drive on
the anniversary day, June 17, and document their acts."
It also urged men to get in the passenger seat to support their wives, mothers, or sisters who decided to flout the ban.
statement urged women to flood the traffic department with driving
licence applications and then to write to the department head to
complain when they were not issued.
Some 800 people petitioned
King Abdullah on Wednesday to allow women to drive in the only country
in the world where they are banned from doing so.
urged the monarch of the ultra-conservative kingdom to "encourage women
who have obtained driving licences from neighbouring countries to begin
driving whenever necessary."
They also called on the king to "establish driving schools for women and (begin) issuing licences."
women have driven since the campaign began last year and many have been
arrested and forced to sign a pledge they will never drive again,
One group of defiant women drove cars last June in response to calls for nationwide action against the ban.
campaign, which spread through Facebook and Twitter, was the largest
mass action since November 1990, when 47 Saudi women were arrested and
punished after demonstrating in cars.
No law specifically forbids
women in Saudi Arabia from driving, but the late interior minister,
Prince Nayef, who died on Saturday, formally banned women from doing so
after that protest.
Women with the financial means hire drivers, but others depend on the goodwill of male relatives to get around.