‘They have no place in our society’: Burkas could be banned in Germany after proposal from Merkel’s party

Aug 21, 2016 by

Germany could impose a ban on women wearing burkas or full-face Islamic veils at schools and universities and while driving, under proposals announced by Angela Merkel’s party.

The burka “does not belong in our cosmopolitan country,” Thomas de Maiziere, the interior minister and one of Merkel’s closest allies, said as he announced the policy Friday.

“We all reject the full veil — not only the burka but also other types of full veil that only leave the eyes visible. They have no place in our society.” The proposals stop short of the complete ban called for by senior figures in Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU). Instead what has been described as a “burka ban lite” will also apply to women working as public officials, attending public demonstrations, and in court.

Source: ‘They have no place in our society’: Burkas could be banned in Germany after proposal from Merkel’s party | National Post

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