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

    Saudi police 'stopped' fire rescue

    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.

    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.


    Nice religion they have there.
     
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    Now Now Now CSM. Nothing is ever wrong, its just different. Who are you to criticize their religion? Are you a racist?! :slap:
     
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    Why yes! Yes I am! I am totally against any critter that proves themselves to be less than human (terrorists, for example, fit that description). I am all for the Human race though.
     
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    I am only now beginning to appreciate the full weight of truth in the saying "East is East and West is West".

    These people are totally incomprehensible.
     
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    You might do well to remember that those girls who died were muslim too. Condemn the actions of the bastards that stopped them from leaving, but do not condemn the Religion. What those police did was monstrous, no question.
    Their actions are incomprehensible.

    The father was also a muslim, his anger and greif were easily understandable.
     

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