This video of a Saudi man playing with his phone on a car hood as the driver cruises in Riyadh has gone viral since it was uploaded to YouTube few days ago. The uploader of the video wrote that the car was moving at a speed of 90km/h on Makkah road, one of the main highways in the Saudi capital, while the man who has covered his face with a red checkered shumagh can be seen on top of a Ford Crown Victoria vehicle sitting on the hood and later lying on the windshield and shaking his legs in the air.
Dozens of women and children have been arrested Saturday in two Saudi cities after staging protests to demand the release of their imprisoned family members. Activists posted photos and videos of women holding placards outside the National Soecity of Human Rights office in Riyadh. Another group of women reportedly held a protest outside the Court of Grievances in the city of Buraidah in the central region of Qassim.
“It has been confirmed that ten women protesters in Riyadh have been physically and verbally assaulted,” activist lawyer Waleed Abualkhair said on Twitter. He added that the women arrested include the wife, daughter and granddaughter of Suleiman al-Rashudi, a political activist who was arrested in December after giving a lecture about the permissibility of protests.
The video below is said to show the women after they were taken into custody and were being transferred at the security forces bus, repeating Allah akbar (God is great):
Another similar video uploaded to YouTube is said to show the women who protested in Qassim with their children in the security forces bus, chanting for the freedom of detainees:
Saudi police dispersed a small protest today in Riyadh held by the families of prisoners who called for the release of their relatives. Photos posted on Twitter showed a large number of security forces surrounding the small group of protesters who gathered outside the Human Rights Commission, a government-run organization. The organization office is located on King Fahad Road, one of the main traffic arteries in the city. Police reportedly closed a section of the road before arresting protesters, including women and children.
A fuel truck exploded in an apparent roadway accident on Thursday in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, engulfing buildings and cars in flames and killing at least two people, witnesses and officials said.
At least 22 people were killed and 125 people injured at the explosion, according to Saudi state television.
A spokesman for the Civil Defense in Riyadh told the state news agency that the explosion happened when the fuel truck hit an overpass on Khurais road as the driver attempted to avoid a car accident on his way.
“The gas leak caused great damages due to the blaze and explosion which took place at the time of accident because the air was saturated with gas, which also caused many car accidents at the location and a number of fatalities,” said spokesman Captain Mohammed al-Hobail al-Hammadi.
“I was inside the building when the blast came. Then boom, the building collapsed. Furniture, chairs and cabinets blasted into the room I was in,” survivor Kushnoo Akhtara told Reuters, bleeding and covered in dirt.
“My brother is still inside under the rubble. There are lots of people in there,” the 55-year-old Pakistani worker said.