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  Protest in support of head scarf
In Antwerp 150 people demonstrated against the new coalition agreement that will prevent civil servants from wearing a head scarf when they are in contact with the general public. The new coalition agreement was approved by Antwerp city council last night.
Following last October's local elections the socialists, liberals and Christian democrats struck a deal to administer the port city for the next six years.

The agreement includes a passage that bans the wearing of religious symbols by city civil servants, when they are in contact with the public at large.

This will mean that municipal workers working at a window in one of the municipal offices will no longer be allowed to wear the Muslim head scarf.

The protest was staged by the Immigrant Women's Platform. The demonstrators formed a human chain, a so called "chain of solidarity".
Immigrant women, but also Belgian men and women joined the chain to protest against the new regulation.

The protesters claim that the wearing of the Muslim head scarf does not impinge on the neutrality that municipal workers are expected to observe.              


Ah well, Flanders is one of the richests regions in the world, and now they complain about everything and are afraid about everything....to the level they force politicians to put energy, time and money in issue's that really have no importance at all.
  Religious neutrality....maybe they can start demolishing churches and cathedrals, symbols of centuries of oppression, submission and inequality.

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Tue Jan 16th, 2007 at 07:21:19 AM EST

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