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    In this Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006 file photo Unidentified women are seen wearing a niqab during a demonstration outside the Dutch parliament against a proposed ban on the burqa, in The Hague, Netherlands. Belgian politicians will vote on April 22, 2010 on whether to ban the burqa and other body and face covering attire. The proposed ban could become law by July and apply to all public places, including streets

    Swiss Region Overwhelmingly Supports 'Burqa Ban' in Public Places

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    Federal authorities entitled regional ones to individually put the issue to the vote, and yet another Swiss canton, straight after Ticino, expressed skepticism over traditional Muslim face-covering garments.

    In an overwhelming, 67-percent vote, a second Swiss canton, St. Gallen, supported Sunday a new law prohibiting face-covering clothes items in public spots, The Local reported.

    The law adopted last year stipulates fines for any person who “renders themselves unrecognizable by covering their face in a public place, and thus endangers public security or social and religious peace.” It passed the regional parliament, with the right-wing and centrist parties backing the initiative, but their rivals, the Green Party and Young Socialists, demanded that the issue be put to the vote thereby exercising Switzerland's famous direct democratic system.

    The aforementioned canton essentially followed in the footsteps of the first Swiss province to adopt the so-called “burqa ban,” the southern canton of Ticino.

    The federal government, meanwhile, opposed the across-the-table introduction of the “burqa ban,” suggesting that local municipalities should decide for themselves if the measures are appropriate for them.

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    Prior to the referendum, a survey by two Swiss papers found that an emphatic 76 percent of respondents lauded a ban on face verils, with merely 20 percent opposing it, Aljazeera reported.

    A number of other European countries, namely Belgium, Denmark, France, Bulgaria and the Netherlands have fully or partially barred citizens from wearing face veils or head scarves in recent years.


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