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Muslim women & supporters protest as Denmark burqa ban comes into effect (VIDEO)

Muslim women & supporters protest as Denmark burqa ban comes into effect (VIDEO)
Hundreds have rallied in Copenhagen as a new ban on the wearing of face veils in public came into effect in Denmark. The Danish government is taking a more conservative position on immigration and integration.

The ‘burqa ban’ came into effect on Wednesday, after being enacted by the Danish parliament in May. The law was brought forward by Denmark’s ruling center-right coalition, and passed with a 75-30 vote.

Under the ban, the wearing of the niqab face veil and the burqa, a full-body cover, is outlawed. Those who break the law risk a 1,000 kroner (€135) fine, with repeat offenders liable for a 10,000 kroner (€1,340) fine or jail time.

Protesters began marching against the ban at 5pm local time on Wednesday, heading from  Copenhagen’s Norrebro district to Bellahoj police station on the outskirts of the capital. Children, Muslim women not wearing the niqab and non-Muslim Danes with their faces covered have joined the march.

The demonstration aimed “to send a signal to the government that we will not bow to discrimination and a law that specifically targets a religious minority,” 21-year-old protester named Sabina told Reuters. Sabina is one of about 200 Muslim women – 0.1 percent of the population – in Denmark who wear a veil or full body cover on a daily basis. Copenhagen is home to over 50,000 Muslims.

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These women are protesting a ban on face-covering garments, which went into effect today in Denmark. Activists argue the ban targets women who wear the niqab and burqa — just 0.1% of Muslims in the country.

Activists have called the ban discriminatory. Marcus Knuth, member of parliament from the ruling Venstre party called the burqa “strongly oppressive.” Denmark now joins France, Belgium, and Austria in banning the wearing of the burqa in public.

Knuth’s party has presided over a shift to the right in Danish politics recently, in reaction to the European refugee crisis. Knuth has described refugees as a “burden” on Danish society, and called for their immediate deportation once their home countries are deemed safe to return to.

In March, immigration minister Inger Støjberg marked the passing of her 50th anti-immigration measure by celebrating with a cake decorated with fruit, the Danish flag, and the number ‘50.’

Among Støjberg’s 50 regulations is one requiring newly arrived asylum-seekers to hand over their valuables and jewelry to help pay for their stay in Denmark, and a separate law imposing identity checks along the border with Germany.

The government has also targeted settled immigrants, who it says often live in “parallel societies.” In July, as part of a series of measures aimed at eradicating immigrant ghettos, the government announced tougher criminal penalties, lower benefits, and mandatory integration classes for those living in ghettos.

The latest law has divided public, with some praising the 'burqa ban' on social media and others calling it a populist and discriminatory move.

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The End of anti sect dress code.Denmark has banned the wearing of nijab in public,joining France&other countries in outlawing the burqa&the niqab worn by women to uphold and democratic values& integration. 

Danish parliament bans the wearing of face veils in public

Danish parliament bans the wearing of face veils in public

Denmark has banned the wearing of face veils in public, joining France and other European countries in outlawing the burqa and the niqab worn by some Muslim women to uphold what some politicians say...

Randy Dahl@DahlRandy

Denmark introduces another meaningless law, a ban on covering up the face, and says they do it to counteract women's oppression. The fact is that it works the opposite. The populist liberal community still introduces ridiculous laws to control single people

Vincent Rathbone@VincentRathbon1

If wasn’t Islamic/worn by women it would be just as unsettling to see. If men were wearing it I would be saying the same thing. Remove women/religion from the debate and ask yourself what’s the realistic response to face covering

Thinly veiled: Denmark’s burqa ban

Danish Muslims will understandably struggle to see how a new law, effective today, is not aimed at

Asylum applications in Denmark have dropped by 84 percent between 2015 and 2018. The country is home to some 500,000 non-western immigrants, mostly hailing from Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Somalia.

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Denmark burqa ban: Muslims defiant as ban on full-face veil takes effect

Wearing a burqa or niqab in public will now lead to a fine of Dh573

Women demonstrated on the first day of the implementation of the Danish face veil ban in Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 1, 2018. Reuters Women demonstrated on the first day of the implementation of the Danish face veil ban in Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 1, 2018. Reuters

Superkilen Park opened six years ago as an ode to diversity in the heart of Copenhagen. Children frolic in the Moroccan baths and skateboarders skit around the perimeter path. But, even here, some worry that Denmark’s utopian reputation is starting to unravel.

On Wednesday, Denmark became the latest country in Europe to ban the burqa, which covers a person's entire face, and the niqab, which only shows the eyes.

Passed in May, the legislation prohibits the wearing of full face veils, fining violators 1000 kroner (Dh573), although the punishments could have been far worse.

An amendment by the populist right-wing Danish People’s Party to have infringements punishable with a jail sentence did not garner enough support, but there remains a sentiment here that wants the government to go further.

Although the numbers of veil-wearing Danes is minimal – government figures published in 2010 indicate that as few as 200 women in Denmark wear either the niqab, or the burqa – the ban has touched a nerve in what remains of liberal Denmark.

It is Superkilen where they have come together to demonstrate against what they call a “hypocritical” and “illiberal” ban.

One veiled Palestinian woman poses for a selfie with a bikini-clad woman. “My clothing, My choice,” reads one banner. Others, both non-Muslims and those who already wear the hijab don veils in solidarity.

Danish police permitted the wearing of veils for the protests. But once the demonstrations ended, life had changed significantly for the contingent of women committed to covering up in public.

Aisha is a 19-year-old daughter of Turkish refugees. Born in Copenhagen, she only took up wearing the niqab two years ago, but she has no plans to shed it.

“This ban is going to affect me a lot, right now I’m finishing high school, next year I was going to go to university. I can’t do that anymore; I can’t continue my studies. I’m going to have to give up my job in a call centre too – there goes my income,” she says.

“If I walk outside the house I’m a criminal, the police will stop me," she adds. “If I am going to take off my niqab, it’s going to come from myself, I’m not going to do it because some politicians are racist.”

Proponents of the ban say it amounts to a defence of Danish values, which they argue are under threat from an increasing Muslim population. Some even suggest that Danish and Islamic values are incompatible. Others claim the ban to be a necessity in the interests of “national security”, although struggle to point to a case of the niqab being used to bypass security.

Alongside the new legislation has been a fiery discourse. Leading that rhetoric is firebrand Immigration Minister Inger Støjberg – known as “Iron Inger” for her tough positions on immigration.

Mrs Støjberg has drawn fire in recent months for suggesting that Muslims should not work during Ramadan, as well as for draconian policies, such as forcing refugees to hand over their valuables at the Danish border.

Denmark’s population has shifted in recent decades, although perhaps not as much as the populists like to claim. Since 1980, the population of ethnic Danes has stagnated, and an overall population increase of around 800,000 has been driven almost entirely by immigration.


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Many of these immigrant communities live in what the government has labelled "ghettos". In 2010, whilst lagging in the polls, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen drew up a list of 29 areas based on criteria such as crime levels, income and proportion of ethnic minorities. The list saw his popularity rocket.

“It seems absurd to call areas 'ghettos' in a rich Danish welfare state,” says Aydin Soei, a sociologist who has written widely on the "ghettos" and who was himself a refugee from Iran. "I haven’t found anywhere else in Europe that does so."

Last month the government declared an intention to eliminate all such "ghettos" by 2030. The new legislation forces children who live in these low-income, predominantly Muslim neighborhoods to take mandatory citizenship lessons.

For 25 hours a week, those over the age of one will be schooled in “Danish Values” which includes learning the constitution.

One Muslim activist who asked not to be named told The National that Denmark was witnessing the normalisation of anti-minority and Islamophobic policies in its political discourse.

“It’s not just the far-right any more, even liberals and leftists – they are playing with our democratic values, selling out of the values of democracy to take these radical positions. It’s just a question of popularity, it’s not making Denmark better by bringing in this law, it’s not making the police’s job easier.”

In the case of the burqa ban, both the Liberal and Social Democrats joined their populist and conservative rivals in voting for the ban – the vote was a landslide.

“When we come close to an election, the social-democratic and leftist parties try to outdo the conservative parties, they don’t want to be seen as soft on things like immigration,” Mr Soei says.

“The result is that the Danish citizens think issues like the niqab, and the 'ghetto' lists are crisis issues, because that’s all the rhetoric focuses on, it’s not really the way.”

But the "ghetto" lists, first drawn up in 2010 have themselves been problematic. Figures and criteria have been manipulated, areas are often so small they are barely discernible on the map. The most recent list used outdated education statistics and had it used the most recent figures, the number of "ghettos" would have halved.

This manipulation is a source of frustration for Mr Soei, whose fourth book on the intricacies of the "ghettos" is titled Omar and the Others – a reference to Omar Al Hussein, a Palestinian refugee who carried out a series of shootings here in the name of ISIS three years ago.

“The main reason for the 'ghetto' lists is youth crime, but the truth is, youth crime has never been lower,” Mr Soei says.

He acknowledges there are problems in the "ghetto" areas, but warns against the dealing with them incorrectly.

“If your diagnosis is sloppy and incorrect you won’t solve the problem," he continues. "You’ll make it worse.”

Dhimmi, smile while they fuck you up. These muslim women are like a parody on pretending to be human. Anything that makes muslims feel unwelcome is just fine.

Burka Ban? Danish Police Lack Resources to Enforce It

The enforcement of the government’s recent law banning certain types of face coverings, like the burka, seems to be more difficult then it seems.

Although 88 reports have been submitted to the police regarding the contravention of the new law banning the public wearing of certain types of religious headgear, hats, hoodies, masks and false beards, only 11 people have been charged, DR Nyheder reports. This was revealed in an answer given to a parliamentary committee by the justice minister, Søren Pape Poulsen, in response to a question tabled by Dansk Folkeparti’s Peter Kofod.

I see no burkas
In 19 cases police were unable to respond because “at the time, other tasks were considered more pressing”. Several other potential felons have escaped because the police estimated that the opportunity for an arrest had been missed.


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