[R-G] Hijab ban protested across world
mstainsby at resist.ca
Sat Jan 17 10:48:04 MST 2004
Hijab ban protested across world
Saturday 17 January 2004, 18:28 Makka Time, 15:28 GMT
Demonstrators have marched through the streets of cities across the world
to protest against a looming ban on Islamic headscarves in state schools in
In Paris and other French cities, protestors marched against the law
proposed by President Jacques Chirac that would ban Muslim headscarves,
Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses from state schools.
The demonstrations in France took place under close police surveillance
after the government warned on Friday of attempts to stir up radical
opposition to the ban.
Protests began first in Jordan and London. Dozens of women protested
outside the French embassy in Amman, holding up banners that read: "My veil
is my freedom" and "Banning hijab is a confusion of freedom".
In London, an estimated 2000 people marched on the French embassy in
central London to protest against plans by the French government to ban the
Islamic headscarf from schools.
Demonstrators issued a statement saying: "The banning of the Islamic
headscarf in France has opened up a new front in the war on Islam."
"The aim is to ban the public expression of Islam in Europe in the name of
secularism," the text charged.
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