[Marxism] Banning the veil: Rights of women or anti-Islamic racism? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Jul 20 19:24:52 MDT 2010

July 21, 2010 -- On July 13, the parliament of France, on the eve of 
Bastille Day, voted 335 to one in favour of preventing Muslim women 
wearing a full face-covering veil in public. The July 13 /Le Monde/ said 
the new law was strongly supported by the right. The Socialist Party, 
Communist Party (PCF) and Green Party abstained. Anyone who chooses to 
wear a face covering on religious grounds now faces a fine of 150 euros 
or a “citizenship course”. The law does not come into effect until 
spring 2011 to allow a period of “education”. There is also a year in 
prison and a fine of 30,000 euros for anyone found guilty of forcing a 
woman to wear a veil, a penalty which is doubled if the “victim is a minor”.
Earlier this year, the Indian organisation Radical Socialist issued a 
statement taking up this wave of Islamophobic legislation in Europe.

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