Saudi woman to be freed after driving arrest

I told you last week about Manal al-Sharif, the 32-year-old divorced Saudi mother of one who was arrested on May 22.

Her crime: posting a video on YouTube of herself driving her car around the city of Khobar (you can watch her post above with English subtitles).

On Monday, authorities said they would release Sharif on bail.

A Facebook page titled, “We are all Manal al-Sharif: a call for solidarity with Saudi women’s rights,” has earned over 24,000 supporters.

Meanwhile, a protest against the kingdom’s ban on women behind the wheelis still planned for June 17. According to AFP, there is a Facebook pagecalling on men to beat women who take part in the demonstration.

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