SWISS voters narrowly swung in favour of a nationwide ban on face coverings in a controversial referendum. Results released on Sunday evening showed 51.2 percent of voters supported the problematic proposal, that forbids women from wearing the burqa or niqab in public spaces. It was championed by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP), that adopted campaign slogans including, “Stop extremism.” The referendum result will be formally incorporated into the Swiss constitution due to Switzerland’s system of direct democracy. Supporters of the myopic manifesto argue it will bring crime down, stopping destructive street protests and rowdy football hooligans who can no longer conceal their identity. The country follows France, Denmark, Belgium and Austria in instating a ban on face coverings. The Netherlands also enforced a similar law in 2019 , prohibiting face coverings on public transportation, in government buildings and at health and education institutions. Medical face coverings worn for health and safety reasons amid the coronavirus pandemic are not included in the ban. Full face veils will be permitted inside places of prayer and for “native customs”, such as carnivals, but the result has been regarded as a calculated attack on the Islamic community. A leading Swiss Muslim campaign group… Read full this story
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