Worried relatives and friends of Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, who has been in custody in Saudi Arabia since 1 December, are yet to be told what charges she faces. They fear that authorities may intend to make an example of her, after becoming frustrated by low-level campaigning by activists against the ban. To date few of the women who have flouted the ban have been held for more than a few days.
Hathloul, driving from the United Arab Emirates, was deliberately defying the law when she was blocked and forced to stay in her car at the border crossing with Saudi Arabia for a day. The French literature graduate had taken part in an online campaign against the ban last year, posting a video of herself driving home from Riyadh airport. [The Guardian]
On Christmas Day two women will appear in Saudi Arabian courts charged with just driving.
While in France they are worrying about male drivers shouting “Allahu akbar”
At least 10 people were injured on Monday evening and one died after a van ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in Nantes in western France. The driver, who officials said appeared to be “unbalanced”, stabbed himself after the crash but survived in spite of serious injuries.
It followed two incidents over the weekend that have put France on alert. A driver ran down 13 bystanders in a series of hit-and-runs in Dijon, in the east of the country, on Sunday, and in a separate incident on Saturday a recent convert to Islam stabbed three police officers in the central city of Tours before being shot dead. [Financial Times]
All this is enough to drive anyone up the wall. As we brace ourselves for further lone wolf attacks in Europe, we are reminded that islamism oppresses and kills Muslims too by the score.
When will the free world have the balls to stand up to the theocratic, oppressive and terror exporting state that is Saudi Arabia?
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog