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Post time 2017-8-7 14:09:55 |Display all floors
(CGTN) Bavaria on August 1 implemented a partial ban on the burqa and other pieces of traditional Islamic clothing. Women are prohibited from wearing them in some public spaces.

The conservative Catholic state in southern Germany has become the main gateway into Germany for well over a million asylum seekers and refugees.


Some of them, from volatile Muslim majority countries, wear the niqab, a garment covering the face apart from the eyes, or burqa, which covers the body.


According to Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, women wearing these garments are hindering communication and public safety.

They are now banned in public institutions, such as government workplaces, schools, universities and while driving.


Technically, they can still be worn on the street, but the move does add Germany to a growing list of European countries, such as France, Austria and Belgium that have made moves to limit the traditional Islamic covering.


In June, Norway became the latest European nation to propose restrictions on covering the face.


And in March, the EU’s top Court passed a ruling allowing European companies the right to ban employees from wearing religious or political symbols including the Islamic headscarf.


Marwan Muhammad, Executive Director, Collective against Islamophobia said, “This is not acceptable in 2017. So much has been done for human rights, for religious freedoms, for women’s rights also, and we cannot accept this decision as a permit to discriminate.”


The southern state’s decision follows German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s call to ban the dress across the country: an attempt, many analysts believe, to appease those critical of her move to allow in more than 1 million refugees in 2015.


Despite the controversy, Bavarian public opinion appears in favor of it.


Aristokles Stavos, a Munich resident said, “This is correct in my opinion… what has this to do with religion. We are in Germany, in Europe, one should adapt a little bit… there is nothing like that here.”


July Weber, a Munich resident said, “It has much to do with knowledge of human nature…you can evaluate a person better. And it is really very human and you should be visible.”


Yet many are also calling this a “non-issue” considering fewer than 300 women living in Bavaria wear a full-face veil according to local media. They also note that the majority of covered women seen here are likely wealthy tourists boosting the area’s economy.


However, the issue could have much greater implications on voters when they go to the polls in federal elections this September.

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Post time 2017-8-7 20:54:37 |Display all floors
Some facts must be made clear about these Muslim refugees. They are mostly young people. While their origin needs verification, those in the real refugees camps are still waiting and many are being denied access.

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Post time 2017-8-7 21:46:23 |Display all floors
As a phenomenon of culture .. I think I'm ok with it ..

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Post time 2017-8-7 23:09:42 |Display all floors
Europe is doomed (as we have known it). It is to late already.

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Post time 2017-8-8 00:56:14 |Display all floors
Of course, not. Ah, Bavaria the home of Nazism.

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Post time 2017-8-8 06:49:43 |Display all floors
Yes the faith is in the dress code But not in there minds and hearts
Round Up is good for developing the mind

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Post time 2017-8-8 08:09:37 |Display all floors
This is undemocratic - and thus a betrayal of the deeper Western culture. Of course, immigrants should learn to behave like the majority (for their own advancement). But such bans are unworthy of the West.
My problem is simple: I just know better than everyone-else!

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