A woman drives a car in Saudi Arabia October 22, 2013. A conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, countering activists who are trying to end the Islamic kingdom's male-only driving rules. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are barred from driving, but debate about the ban, once confined to the private sphere and social media, is increasingly spreading to public forums too. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TRANSPORT)
Saudi Arabia has signified it will slap appropriate sanctions to protesters once they push through their planned Oct 26 mass action objecting to the ban against women drivers in the oil-rich kingdom.
"It is known that women in Saudi are banned from driving, and laws will be applied against violators and those who demonstrate in support of this cause," General Mansur al-Turki, interior ministry spokesman, said.
Moreover, protesters who join the Saturday protest action will be highly at risk. knowing that such mobilisations are not allowed by the Saudi Arabia government.
"The laws of the kingdom prohibit activities disturbing the public peace and opening venues to sedition which only serve the senseless, the ill-intentioned, intruders, and opportunity hunters," a statement carried by the official SPA news agency said.
"All violations will be dealt with - whether demonstrations or women driving," Mr Al-Turki said.
"Not just on the 26th. Before and after," Mr Al-Turki added. "At all times."
Early in October, a video of a woman driver in Saudi Arabia went viral, uploaded on Youtube to purposely agitate the authorities in the kingdom.
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Latifa al-Shaalan, one of three female members of advisory body the Shura Consultative Council, had earlier said that Saudi Arabia does not have a law that explicitly says its women cannot drive.
"There is no law that bans women from driving. It is only a matter of tradition," Ms Shaalan had said.
Some of the protesters planning to join the October 26th Women's Driving Campaign said they have received harassing calls on Thursday, allegedly from men who claim to work for the Interior Ministry.
Activists claimed the callers allegedly warned the women not to drive ever - either before, on or after Saturday.
Initially denying such actions, Mr Al-Turki eventually admitted the phone calls.
"There was absolutely no threat to the women contacted. The communication was made to make sure the women understood the statement," he told CNN. "It seemed some people did not understand the statement, and they expressed this publicly in one way or another."
Amnesty International Australia said it is highly supportive of tomorrow's planned action in Saudi Arabia.
"It's deeply ironic that Saudi Arabia, a country that supplies fuel to millions of drivers in countries around the world, bans half its own population from driving," Ming Yu, Amnesty International Australia's spokeswoman on women's rights, was quoted by the Herald Sun.
"For too long, Saudi Arabia has treated women as second-class citizens in so many important aspects of life.
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