Ludic protest against burqa ban

20 September 2011 Posted by Wibo van Rossum

webshop dealing in party clothes and other material for parties and festivities sold burqas and niqaabs. The owner said provocatively he would pay the fines if his customers would be caught. Yesterday he ended his protest ‘against the limitation of freedom’. ‘This is enough for now, at least we started a public discussion about it’, the owner said.

The webshop apparently wanted to make use of an exception in the (still proposed, not public yet) bill. The exceptions are when face covering is necessary for health, safety, for the exercise of a profession, or in case of sports. Also excluded are occasions like Santa Claus and Carnival and when a major has allowed for an exception. Plus also excluded are places and buildings meant for religious purposes.

About Wibo van Rossum

assistent professor at legal theory Utrecht University School of Law

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