RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The government of Saudi Arabia moved swiftly to
extinguish a budding protest movement of women claiming the right to
drive, a campaign inspired by uprisings across the Arab world demanding
new freedoms but at risk Monday of foundering.
Manal al-Sharif, 32, one of the campaign organizers, was detained Sunday
in the eastern city of Dammam for up to five days on charges of
disturbing public order and inciting public opinion by twice driving in a
bid to press her cause, said her lawyer, Adnan al-Saleh.
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