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Swiss parliamentarians vote for burqa ban

I know this could be dodgy ground, but I just noticed this at:

http://www.thelocal.ch/1319/20110928/

Swiss parliamentarians approved on Wednesday a far-right move to impose a ban on the burqa or other face coverings in some public places, including on public transport.

With 101 votes against 77, the lower chamber of the house approved the motion titled "masks off!".

The draft bill will still have to be examined by the upper chamber.

Put forward by Oskar Freysinger, a politician of the Swiss far-right SVP party, the motion requires "anyone addressing a federal, cantonal or communal authority exercising his or her functions, to present themselves with their faces uncovered."

Burqas would also be banned on public transport, while "authorities can ban or restrict access to public buildings to such individuals in order to guarantee the security of other users."

Explaining the motion, Freysinger noted that "at a time when insecurity is growing in our streets, more and more people are hiding their faces behind a balaclava, a mask or a burqa.

"This makes it impossible to identify these people, a fact that is particularly troublesome in case of violence or identity checks," he noted.

France was the first European Union country to impose a ban on the burqa in public places, while Belgium joined it some months later.

On September 16th, the Dutch government also agreed to a ban on the full Islamic veil under a deal with the far-right party of the anti-immigration MP Geert Wilders.

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This will stop the SVP creeping into SP meetings and asking difficult questions!
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Re: Swiss parliamentarians vote for burqa ban

How many women have any of you ever seen in a Burqa in Switzerland? I've seen one, in Luzern...who i am pretty sure was a tourist. That's it. Most Muslim women in Switzerland are Bosniaks and they don't at all dress conservative.
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How many women have any of you ever seen in a Burqa in Switzerland? I've seen one, in Luzern...who i am pretty sure was a tourist. That's it. Most Muslim women in Switzerland are Bosniaks and they don't at all dress conservative.
NO, few Muslim women here are Bosniaks, most are
- Kosovari
- Bosniaks
- Turks
- Arabs
- Iranians
YES, most Muslim women don't dress conservatively at all

So that we speak about a minority BOTH on the side of the residents and of the tourists
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Re: Swiss parliamentarians vote for burqa ban

The Burqa is detested by a majority of people in Europe, and from all political viewpoints. France has banned face covering and Italy will soon follow.

It is already illegal in France & Germany to wear face masks at political demonstrations.

I believe The Swiss banned these face coverings before they grew to become another Muslim bashing frenzy, a sort of nipping the problem in the bud.
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