Bulgarian nationalists propose burqa ban in Sofia

A Bulgarian nationalist group in Sofia municipal council has tabled a proposal to ban the wearing of the burqa in the capital city.

The move by the Patriots for Sofia, which is linked to the Patriotic Front (PF), part of the national government coalition agreement, is part of a campaign by the PF to ban the burqa in every municipality in Bulgaria and to have burqa ban legislation approved by the National Assembly.

The municipalities of Pazardzhik and Stara Zagora have in recent weeks approved burqa bans, in both cases with the votes of parties in the national governing coalition, GERB and the Reformist Bloc.

The municipal council in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city, is expected to discuss a proposed burqa ban on May 17. Similar bans also have already been tabled in the municipal councils in the towns of Blagoevgrad, Shoumen, Harmanli and Haskovo.

In Sofia, the proposal by the Patriots for Sofia is for a ban on burqas and similar clothing that obscures the face.

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