Following are excerpts from a video in which a woman stands up to the Saudi Religious Police, that aired on the Internet on May 23, 2012.
Saudi Woman: “Get out of the mall?! I’ll show you who’s getting out of the mall! This is none of your business.
“Why are you following me? What do you want from me? The government did not send you to follow me. The government said there would be no persecution (of women). Your job is to advise people and move on. You have no right to harass anyone. Enough.”
Members of Religious Police: “Get out of the mall. Move it.”
Saudi Woman: “Who’s getting out? This is none of your business.
You don’t see other women here showing their hair…”
“None of your business. I’m free to put on nail polish if I want to.”
Members of Religious Police: “Please, move on.”
Saudi Woman: “I’m not getting out. What are you gonna do about it? I’m not getting out. I’m standing right here. I’m standing right here. For your information, I’m filming it all. Here, smile for the camera. […]
“You are in an official capacity, right? You received a complaint from a citizen about harassment, and it doesn’t matter if it was done by government officials or not…
“For your information, the video is on its way to Twitter and Facebook as we speak. One more word from you and it will reach Abd Al-Latif Aal Al-Sheik, and he will deal with your mess. You are not the boss of me, and you can’t tell me not to wear nail polish. Lipstick on my mouth?! Come look at my mouth. Shame on you! And he pretends to be God-fearing…
“Don’t’ let him follow me. I am free to walk around this mall as I like.”