First in the country. One hopes it will not be the last — both as a matter of preserving the national culture and identity, but also as a matter of public safety: the number of crimes committed by burqa-wearing criminals keeps increasing, even as the West relaxes laws against wearing masks in public in order to accommodate Muslims. More on this story. “Spain: City in northeast becomes country’s first to ban burqa,” from AKI, December 9 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
Madrid, 9 Dec. (AKI) – Lleida in the northeastern Catalonia region on Thursday became Spain’s first city to introduce a ban on wearing the face-covering Islamic burqa in public places. These places include offices, sports centres, markets and other property owned by the city council. The niqab – which covers the face but leaves a small slit for the eyes – has also been banned.
“I feel proud of the fact that Lleida has become the first Spanish city to outlaw behaviour which discriminates against women,” said the city’s mayor, Angel Ros. “I hope it will be of educational value,” he added….
I hope so, too.