Saudi princess says no one immune from Arab spring

By REUTERS
June 30, 2011 01:13

 
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LONDON - A Saudi Arabian princess said no Arab country is immune from change and that countries should grant freedoms before being forced to.

"No one is immune from the seasonal geographical winds of change that are sweeping our Arab homeland. Those who say we are immune are wrong," Princess Basma bint Saud, a niece of King Abdullah and a social activist and prominent supporter of women's issues in Saudi Arabia, told BBC Arabic late on Tuesday. Her comments were later translated into English.

Princess Basma also said the work of the country's moral police had changed from its original remit of preventing corruption to inflicting social pressure, particularly against women, creating a society that lived in fear.

"Everyone is prone and everyone should heed and must be aware that we must open national dialogue on the table and not wait for the challenges to grow. Let us grant freedom before it turns into challenge."

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