Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bulgarian Town Bans Full-Face Veils Worn by Some Roma Muslims

By Reuters Staff
(Two women wearing full-face veils walk in Regents Park in London September 20, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)
BULGARIA---The central Bulgarian town of Pazardzhik banned the wearing of full-face veils in public on Wednesday in a move the local government said would prevent tension among communities and boost security. The ban, the first of its kind in the Balkan country, was backed from politicians across the political spectrum in the town of some 70,000 people, where wearing full-face veils had become common among some Muslim Roma women. Muslims make up about 12 percent of Bulgaria’s 7.2 million population and most belong to a centuries-old community, largely ethnic Turks, among whom full-face veils are not common. [link]