Protests against burqa ban

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More than 30 Dutch women who wear burqas or niqabs have said they will continue to cover themselves, even if the government imposes a ban. They recently staged a demonstration in The Hague to protest against the ban. [media:video]

The demonstration was organised by Behind Bars, an Islamic activist group. The protestors say they feel the government's proposed bill is discriminatory.

The bill would impose a €380 fine on anyone wearing a burqa or niqab in public. According to the government, wearing clothing that partially or completely covers the face goes against the open nature of Dutch society, in which men and women are equal.

If the bill is passed, the Netherlands will be the third country after Belgium and France to impose a ban on burqas.