Swiss Region against creation of a parallel society

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    SWISS REGION IMPOSES BURKA BAN

    “Those who want to integrate are welcome, irrespective of their religion, but those who rebuff our values and aim to build a parallel society based on religious laws, and want to place it over our society, are not welcome,” he said at the time.



    A ban on face veils worn by Muslim women has come into force in Ticino, an Italian-speaking region in southern Switzerland.

    In 2013, the burka (niqab) ban received 65 percent of the referendum vote in the region, which has a Catholic majority and a 2 percent Muslim population. Those who refuse to comply will now face fines of up to 10,000 francs ($10,175).

    Two prominent campaigners advocating Muslim rights protested the law by walking through the streets of Locarno, a resort city in Ticino, dressed in full Islamic dress on July 1, the day it was introduced. Nora Illi, a Muslim convert from Zurich, and Rachid Nekkaz, a French-Algerian businessman, were fined 10,000 francs and 200 francs ($204) respectively.

    “Those who want to integrate are welcome, irrespective of their religion, but those who rebuff our values and aim to build a parallel society based on religious laws, and want to place it over our society, are not welcome,” he said at the time.

    http://www.newsweek.com/fines-ps8000-swiss-region-imposes-burka-ban-muslim-women-478771
 
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