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Austrian MPs have voted to pass a law banning headscarves in primary schools


The law refers to “all head-covering clothes of ideological or religious influence’’, but it doesn’t apply to the Jewish kippa, or to the turban worn by Sikh men.

The Education spokesman for the far-right Freedom party (FPÖ), Wendelin Moelzer, said that the law was “a signal against political Islam’’, while the Centre-right People’s party (ÖVP) MP Rudolf Taschner declared that it would protect girls against “enslavement’’.

When the law was in discussion, the Austrian Muslims organisation IGGÖ has condemned the proposals as “shameless” and a “direct assault on the religious freedom of Austrian Muslims”.

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