‘Burqa Ban’ Begins In Denmark Amid Protests and Demonstrations


Supporters and opponents of a ban on garments covering the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, clashed verbally Wednesday as the law takes effect.

Marcus Knuth of the ruling liberal party Venstre says the dress worn by some conservative Muslim women is “strongly oppressive.”

Meanwhile, Sasha Andersen of the Party Rebels activist group was planning a demonstration later in the day against what they called Wednesday a “discriminatory” measure against a minority group.

Groups that back the ban also plan to rally.

In May, Danish lawmakers approved the law, which was presented by the center-right governing coalition known for tightening asylum and immigration rules in recent years.

In 2016, Denmark also adopted a law requiring newly arrived asylum-seekers to hand over valuables such as jewelry and gold to help pay for their stays in the country……..

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