Denmark could be the next place to ban the burqa, following in the footsteps of several other European countries.
The proposed ban on full-facial coverings, including the burqa and the niqab, is not said to be aimed at any religion though some has seen it as directed at Muslim women.
Speaking after a meeting in parliament Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, from Denmark’s liberal party that leads a centre-right coalition, said it was not a ban of scarfs, turbans or traditional Jewish skull caps.
Denmark would not be the first country to introduce a ban on full-face veils in public, with similar laws in place in countries including France and Belgium.
Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, from the Liberal Alliance party, wrote on Facebook that a masking ban would come to Denmark, adding: “That’s how it is”.
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“Everyone agrees that burkas is an expression of extreme oppression,” he wrote, adding that there was now a “vast majority” in parliament who believes face coverings should be banned.
“So if it is practically possible with such a ban without us going to make violence on ourselves and our own values, then we will vote in favour,” he said.