Although the Swiss government caved to political correctness and rejected a burqa ban in early August, “the majority of voters in Switzerland’s canton of St. Gallen have supported the prohibition of face-covering garments in public spaces, making it the second region in the country to introduce such a ban.” St. Gallen is the fifth-most populous Swiss canton.
The first ban was in the region of Tacino, following a proposal about which its creator, Giorgio Ghiringhelli stated:
Those who want to integrate are welcome irrespective of their religion….but those who rebuff our values and aim to build a parallel society based on religious laws, and want to place it over our society, are not welcome.
The burqa has been banned in various countries on security grounds, or because it is inconsistent with Western values; sometimes it’s banned for both reasons. These countries have banned the burqa: France, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria, China, Tajikistan, Morocco, Latvia, Cameroon, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, and Gabon.
“Second Swiss region votes in favor of ‘burqa ban,’” RT, September 23, 2018:
The majority of voters in Switzerland’s canton of St. Gallen have supported the prohibition of face-covering garments in public spaces, making it the second region in the country to introduce such a ban.
The northeastern region held a referendum on Sunday to decide whether stricter rules on the face veils are necessary, among other issues. Around 36 percent of the region’s half-million population came out to cast their votes, and nearly 67 percent of voters supported the new law, official results show.
St. Gallen, the fifth-most populous Swiss canton, will become the second region in the country to approve such a measure, following the example of the southernmost canton of Ticino. A complete ban on wearing burqas and niqabs in public places came in force in Ticino is 2016, with non-compliance punishable by fines ranging from 100 Swiss francs ($104) to 10,000 ($10,400). The Italian-speaking canton has a population of 350,000, around two percent of whom are Muslim….