Belgium's Burqa Ban Divided Country Finds Consensus on Islamic Veils

Belgium's lower house of parliament has approved a radical ban on Islamic face-covering veils. If approved by the Senate, the country would become the first in Europe to prohibit the burqa and niqab. Currently, it seems to be one of the few issues uniting the linguistically divided country.
Veiled Muslim women stand underneath the Belgian national flag at a demonstration against a veil ban in schools in 2004.

Veiled Muslim women stand underneath the Belgian national flag at a demonstration against a veil ban in schools in 2004.

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