Switzerland voted on Sunday on whether to ban “full facial coverings” in public places. The referendum comes after years of debate, following similar bans in other European countries, such as France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Switzerland operates a system of direct democracy that has allowed the vote to go ahead. Any topic can be put to a national vote as long as it gathers 100,000 signatures in the country of 8.6 million people. Polls had indicated that a slim majority supports the move. What the ban would mean Under the proposal, nobody would be allowed to cover their face completely in public — whether in shops or the open countryside. There would be exceptions, including places of worship. Watch video 01:43 Share Mixed reactions to Germany’s first liberal mosque Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/2f48C Mixed reactions to Germany’s first liberal mosque The proposal does not specifically mention the burqa or the niqab — which leaves the eyes uncovered — but it is clear that the ban is targeting the Islamic face veils worn by some Muslim women. Two Swiss regions already have such bans. Who supports the ban? The Swiss People’s Party — a… Read full this story
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