Saudi women students boycott classes in rare protest

Thousands of students at an all-female university in Saudi Arabia boycotted classes on Saturday, protesting against poor services, witnesses said, in a rare display of dissent from women in the conservative Islamic kingdom, Reuters reports. It was the second protest at King Khalid university in the southern town of Abha in a week – security forces broke up a demonstration there on Wednesday, leaving dozens injured, students told Reuters. The protests first erupted when the university cancelled cleaning services, saying students needed to take better care of their campus.

“The main trigger was the accumulation of trash for three days which started to smell. The other thing is the mistreatment of students,” one of the students told Reuters on Saturday, asking not to be named…

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