- Jul 2011
File picture - Women in niqabs walk, in front of the Danish Parliament at Christiansborg Castle, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday May 31. 2018 MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN/RITZAU SCANPIX VIA AP
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Netherlands has approved a limited ban on “face-covering clothing” in public places, including Islamic veils and robes such as the burqa and niqab but not the hijab, which covers only the hair. Firebrand far-right politician Geert Wilders had pushed for the ban for over a decade.
Parliament’s upper chamber made the final approval in a vote Tuesday.
The Dutch law is described by the government as “religion-neutral,” and does not go as far as more extensive bans in neighboring countries like France and Belgium. It applies on public transport and in education institutions, health institutions such as hospitals, and government buildings.
Studies suggest that only a few hundred women in the Netherlands wear niqabs or full-face burqas.
The ban also covers ski masks and full-face helmets.
Honestly... I agree with them. These niqabs creep me out, they simply do.
I myself, I am from Caucasus. Abkhazia, my homeland, has plenty of Muslims, 15% or so of the ethnic Abkhaz population
They all used to be, before the Russians and Georgians converted most of them to Orthodox Christianity over the centuries.
I never seen a Muslim woman in Abkhazia wear that black shit.
Nor in Moscow, where I lived in a Southern neighborhood, where lots of other folks from Caucasus and Central Asia tend to also make home, and girls in hijabs are not unusual
But again, no burqas.
As I said here, these burqas are associated with terrorists in Russia, because that's only ones who ever wore them there, wahhabi extremists
I can understand why many in Europe see it that way too.
It is NOT a normal type of clothing...
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