The diary of a Saudi man, currently living in the United Kingdom, where the Religious Police no longer trouble him for the moment.
In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.
Punish the Innocent, ignore the Guilty
Travel Agency Employees Still in Detention
M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Arab News Staff
RIYADH, 13 March 2004 — Four travel agency employees are still being detained amid hopes in the travel industry that the government will announce a grace period for Saudization of the business next week.
Most of the workers arrested in raids earlier this week have been released piecemeal. The remaining four, currently languishing in deportation cell No. 2 in Riyadh, say they are spending sleepless nights in unhygienic conditions. “I and the remaining four were picked up from different travel agencies,” said Mohammed Banaras Khan of Trans Continent Agency, who was released Wednesday night after his sponsor obtained an order from the governorate.
Their crime? Their employers had not complied with the Saudization directives, requiring them to employ more Saudis and less foreigners. So the authorities put them, not the Saudi owners, in jail, and shaved their heads as part of the service. That's because they're Third World foreigners. We wouldn't treat our own countrymen like that.