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Right-wingers offer $325 burka bounty to anyone who reports women wearing face veils to police

6 Jun

Originally posted on National Post | News:

BRUSSELS — Belgian right-wingers have offered a bounty of €250 ($325) to anyone who reports a veiled woman to police, they said Tuesday after last week’s riots in Brussels over the arrest of a woman wearing a niqab.

Filip Dewinter, a senior figure in Vlaams Belang, a right-wing party, said the violence had made police apprehensive about enforcing the burka ban and the payment should put pressure on authorities to further enforce it.

“It’s a textile prison for the women who have to live under it,” he said.

Last week, protesters hurled bins and metal barriers at a police station after Stéphanie Djato, 24, was arrested for refusing to remove her face veil.

“They tried to enter by force, but they were not able to,” a spokesman for Brussels police told broadcaster RTL.

“So instead they threw metal barriers and bins.”

Ms. Djato, who was waiting at a streetcar stop…

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