The Arab Spring is inching its way into Saudi Arabia — in the cars of fully veiled drivers.
On the surface, when a group of Saudi women used Facebook, Twitter and
YouTube to organize a mass mobile protest defying the kingdom’s ban on
women driving, it may have seemed less dramatic than demonstrators
facing bullets and batons while demanding regime change in nearby
countries. But underneath, the same core principles — self-determination
and freedom of movement — have motivated both groups. The Saudi regime
understands the gravity of the situation, and it is moving decisively to
contain it by stopping the protest scheduled for June 17.
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