Saudi authorities arrest six women for driving in Riyadh

June 10, 2011 00:32

RIYADH - Saudi authorities detained six women on Thursday for driving cars in the capital in defiance of laws allowing only male motorists on the conservative kingdom's roads.

Saudi Arabia has no formal ban on women driving. But as citizens must use only Saudi-issued licenses in the country, and as these are issued only to men, women drivers are anathema.

Outcry at the segregation, which contributes to the general cloistering of Saudi women, has been fueled by social media interest in two would-be female motorists arrested last month.

Rasha al-Duwaisi, one of those detained on Thursday, put the ages of the group at between 21 and 30 and said they had met in a district of Riyadh late in the afternoon to teach each other how to drive using three cars.

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