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Bavarian conservatives want national burqa ban

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A woman in a burqa in Munich's Odeonplatz. Photo: DPA
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The conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), ruling party in Bavaria, want to pass a new law making it illegal for anyone to wear a burqa in Germany.

“The law [on a burqa ban] should be quickly passed by the government,” Ilse Aigner, finance minister in Bavaria told Die Welt.

“It is first and foremost about showing one's face. It's about living together as a society and seeing one another,” said Aigner. “It doesn't fit to our society to hide oneself, and it contradicts our idea of sexual equality.”

The CSU politician said that the law would also apply to tourists coming to Germany.

“When I went to Iran I followed the instructions of the country and wore a headscarf. Likewise I expect women from the Arab world that they don't cover their faces when they come here. Such laws don't just apply to people with German passports.”

A ruling by the administrative court in In Bavaria in April 2014 banned teachers from wearing burqas in schools.

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But two years earlier a report by the government found that a general ban on wearing burqas in public would be unconstitutional.

SEE ALSO: Should Germany ban the burqa?

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