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Saudi police 'stopped' fire rescue - 15 girls died in the fire on Monday.



Saudi Arabia's religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according to Saudi newspapers.

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Saudi Arabia is simply disgusting!! I think we need to organise a demo outside their embassy armed with a dossier that documents all the evidence we can gather in this thread!

Please post URL links with stories so we can consolidate them in one dossier.
Friday, 15 March, 2002, 12:19 GMT
Saudi police 'stopped' fire rescue

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1874471.stm

The Mecca city governor visited the fire-damaged school
Saudi Arabia's religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according to Saudi newspapers.

In a rare criticism of the kingdom's powerful "mutaween" police, the Saudi media has accused them of hindering attempts to save 15 girls who died in the fire on Monday.

About 800 pupils were inside the school in the holy city of Mecca when the tragedy occurred.

Saudi hospital staff carry a victim of the girl school fire to an ambulance in Mecca
15 girls died in the blaze and more than 50 others were injured
According to the al-Eqtisadiah daily, firemen confronted police after they tried to keep the girls inside because they were not wearing the headscarves and abayas (black robes) required by the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islam.

One witness said he saw three policemen "beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the abaya".

The Saudi Gazette quoted witnesses as saying that the police - known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice - had stopped men who tried to help the girls and warned "it is a sinful to approach them".

The father of one of the dead girls said that the school watchman even refused to open the gates to let the girls out.

"Lives could have been saved had they not been stopped by members of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice," the newspaper concluded.

Relatives' anger

Families of the victims have been incensed over the deaths.

Most of the victims were crushed in a stampede as they tried to flee the blaze.

The school was locked at the time of the fire - a usual practice to ensure full segregation of the sexes.

The religious police are widely feared in Saudi Arabia. They roam the streets enforcing dress codes and sex segregation, and ensuring prayers are performed on time.

Those who refuse to obey their orders are often beaten and sometimes put in jail.
It's what I usually do.... Kinana completed this step.
Thanks Kinana and thanks Herman. I never knew about these incidents and they do show just how sick and twisted SA is.

Something needs to be done about that place!
And I just found them by coincidence....

here is another one:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/01/22/dubai.mother.adultery...

Marnie Pearce, 40, was found guilty of cheating on her Egyptian husband last year following her arrest in March. She was accused of committing adultery with a British man. She claimed the man was a friend and told the UK's Daily Telegraph that she had already separated from her husband.
There is a simple way to influence the Saudi Arabian government and that is to simply remove all our Military who are there to bolster there regime, Without the western military they would very soon be over thrown by Iran and they know it.
Tha Grenadier said:
There is a simple way to influence the Saudi Arabian government and that is to simply remove all our Military who are there to bolster there regime, Without the western military they would very soon be over thrown by Iran and they know it.

Not sure if I'd like to see Iran take control of any other territory. The only fate I hold dear for Iran, is annihalation. The same fate that Iran wishes upon me!

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