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Burkini Ban; an Attack on Liberty

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 by in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Aheda Zanetti's Burqini swim suits.

Nuns frolicking on the beach have become the symbol of protest against a ban on women wearing body-covering burkini swimsuits in French towns.

It comes as French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warns against stigmatising Muslims, as a furore over the ban grew with the emergence of pictures showing police surrounding a veiled woman on a beach.

“The implementation of secularism, and the option of adopting such decrees must not lead to stigmatisation or the creation of hostility between French people,” Mr Cazeneuve said.

Dozens of French towns and villages, mostly on the Cote d’Azur, have banned beachwear that “conspicuously” shows a person’s religion — a measure aimed at the full-body Islamic swimsuit but which has also been used against women wearing long clothes and a headscarf.

 

French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) president Anouar Kbibech requested an urgent meeting with Mr Cazeneuve after pictures emerged of a veiled woman sitting on a beach in Nice removing her tunic, watched by four policemen.

 

The images, which went viral on social media, were interpreted as showing the woman being pressured by police into removing the garment.

 

Nice mayor’s office, however, denied she had been forced to remove clothing, saying the woman was showing police the swimsuit she was wearing under her tunic, over a pair of leggings, when the picture was taken.

The police issued her with a fine and she then left the beach, the officials added.

In the aftermath of the incident, the hashtag #burkiniban has started trending on Twitter.

Many people started sharing images of nuns on the beach, with some pointing out hypocrisy was in play.

 

The bans, which follow a string of jihadist attacks around France, including a massacre in Nice on Bastille Day last month, have sparked a heated debate about Muslim integration and French secular values.

The photos of the woman on the beach in Nice, first published by Britain’s Daily Mail, caused a furore on Twitter, with the hashtag #WTFFrance becoming a top trending topic.

“Just let this sink in. Men with guns forcing a women to undress, with the weight of the law behind them,” read a tweet by user Abdel-Azim, who is described as the editor of a religious magazine, which was retweeted more than 26,000 times.

“I am so ashamed,” French feminist Caroline De Haas tweeted.

Source: ABC News

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