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Saudi Women Defy Driving Ban

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Activists in Saudi Arabia are claiming victory in their protest against a ban on female drivers in the country.

A few dozen women got behind the wheel Saturday in their push for easing restrictions on women in the kingdom.

Activists say protest organizers received 13 videos and about 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming they had driven.  There is no way to verify the messages.

One of the videos showed May Al Sawyan, a 32-year-old mother of two and an economic researcher, driving from her home in Riyadh to the grocery store and back.

Though no laws ban women from driving in Saudi Arabia, authorities do not issue them licenses. Women who drove on Saturday had driver’s licenses from abroad.

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