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Spain to consider burqa ban

Could become third country in Europe to ban head-covering veils in public

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Following in the footsteps of France and Belgium, Spain could become the third European country to ban women from wearing the burqa in public. Europe’s growing anti-burqa sentiment has already reached Catalonia and Andalusia, where Spain’s Muslim population is concentrated. Not all head-covering veils would be included in the ban because they form part of traditional Spanish dress, with women often covering their heads with a “mantilla” during religious festivals. A debate on the possible ban is scheduled to start on Tuesday in Spain’s Congress. A vote by Spain’s lower house is planned following the debate but may be delayed until after the month-long summer recess, which begins next week. Spain has around 1 million Muslim immigrants among its 47 million population, but the public sightings of the burqa are scarce, the Telegraph reports.

Telegraph

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