The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Saudi Women:
Driven Backwards

Jun 20, 2011

The only country in the world to ban women from driving is Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the U.S. A 32-year-old Saudi woman spent a week in jail, arrested for driving–and putting a video of herself doing this terrible crime on YouTube. She was accused of “inciting public opinion and harming the country’s reputation.”

On June 17, about 30 more Saudi women risked arrest by driving and in support of the woman who had been jailed. At that moment, the Saudi police were told to ignore the women drivers.

The Saudi monarchy, big ally of the Western powers, is a profoundly reactionary regime. Recently the Saudis sent troops to intervene in Bahrain to support the dictatorship against which the population had been protesting. The Saudi rulers also show their attitudes by imposing religious rule on their own population. Women are the first victims, subject to humiliation and violence every day.

Fortunately, Saudi women in greater and greater numbers are standing up against this situation.