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article imageFrance detains women wearing face veils

By Leo Reyes     Apr 11, 2011 in World
At least two women have been detained in France for wearing Islamic face veils in violation of a recent law prohibiting women from wearing face veils in a public place.
Police said the women were not detained for violating the ban on wearing face veils, but instead for taking part in an unauthorized demonstration in protest of the law banning the wearing of face veils in certain public places.
"Today was not about arresting people because of wearing the veil. It was for not having respected the requirement to declare a demonstration," said police spokesman Alexis Marsan.
"France is the first country in Europe to publicly ban a form of dress some Muslims regard as a religious duty," BBC News reports.
"Anyone caught breaking the law will be liable to a fine of 150 euros (£133; $217) and a citizenship course." the report added.
Many Muslim residents in France say the law prohibiting the ban is flawed as it violates their rights and religious freedom.
"Guidelines spelled out in the pamphlet forbid police from asking women to remove their burqa in the street. They will instead be escorted to a police station and asked to remove the veil there for identification".guardian.co.uk reports.
Last Saturday police arrested 60 people who participated in a rally in protest of the Islamic veil ban. The rally was reportedly called by a Muslim group in the UK.
Some Muslim women said they will continue to wear veils and and even challenged police to arrest them. They said they are not violating any law, as they are exercising religious freedom.
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