Ban the Burqa Protest Offends Sydneysiders

7 News (Sydney), April 2, 2012

A group of protesters wearing burqas gathered in various places in Sydney today to argue for Australia to ban the face veil.

They say the wearing of the Islamic headwear donned by women, should be outlawed because they pose a security risk.

Security and police were called when the burqa-clad non-Muslims incited anger outside state Parliament House.

Members of the public were extremely offended by the male protesters wearing the burqa.

Zubeda Raihman from the Muslim Women’s National Network says, “I think it is pretty offensive because we live in this democratic country and we are given the freedom of choice.”

The group ventured to the Downing Centre Local Court, a city pub, a bank, and the NSW Parliament House.

[Editor’s Note: A good video of the protest is available here.]

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