Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/29/2011

Saudi women are arrested for driving


An image used by Women2Drive, a group of women determined to overturn Saudi Arabia’s driving ban. (Screengrab from Twitter)
Saudi Arabian police arrested five women for driving on Tuesday, the first time since dozens of women began testing the country’s driving ban on June 17, according to activist group Change.org.

Four women in Jeddah were reportedly arrested by agents of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the country’s religious police, and taken to a criminal investigations unit. Another woman in Jeddah was reportedly surrounded by police cars, taken into custody, and her car confiscated.

Women reported being able to drive freely in attempts to drive earlier this month, but Tuesday’s arrests suggests that change may not be coming to the country just yet.

On Twitter, men and women in Saudi Arabia gave updates using the hashtag #women2drive:

"@msuwaidan: Very proudly sat in the passenger's seat today in Jeddah while my wife drove the car. #women2drive" Amazing :)less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

To apply for a Saudi Driver's License & send a telegraph to document that please check: http://t.co/zLjGosF #Women2Drive #Saudi #Yes2Drivingless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

@RashaAlduwisi they would stop a grown woman setting behind the wheel but they wouldn't stop a child w/grown women in the back seat. How sadless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Read more at SaudiWoman’s Weblog.

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