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Monday, 06 August 2018 09:37

Denmark: Thousands march against veil ban

Thousands of people marched against a ban in Denmark on the wearing of face veils in public that came into force Wednesday.

Demonstrations were held in the capital city of Copenhagen and second largest city of Aarhus against the ban, which was approved on May 31.

The protests were supported by Muslim migrants and citizens of Denmark.

Demonstrators, who gathered in Nørrebro district of the capital city, covered their faces with veils and masks in support of women being targeted by the ban.

The crowd marched towards the Bellahøj police station and called on police to focus on more important problems rather than fining people who wear veils.

Violators will be punished with a fine of up to 1,000 kroner ($156). Repeat offenders could be fined up to 10,000 kroner ($1,563).

The law was approved in the Danish parliament in a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees.

It is estimated that Muslims account for about 7 percent of Denmark's population of 5.6 million.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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