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Saudi Women Drive Home a Protest

Associated Press

About 50 Saudi women, saying the kingdom’s ban on female drivers would leave them helpless in the event of war, took to the streets for an unprecedented protest Tuesday--behind the wheel.

The women, many of them completely veiled except for their eyes, piled into 15 cars and took a drive through the capital. They had learned to drive outside Saudi Arabia.

“This has nothing whatsoever to do with politics,” one woman said. “If a crisis erupts, we must drive for the sake of our families. We cannot stay immobile like sitting ducks.”

After about 30 minutes, police halted the drive, briefly detaining the women.

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