British Sikhs Protest French Ban of Religious Symbols

February 21, 2004

Source: BBC News

On February 21, 2004 the BBC News reported, "British Sikhs have descended on the French embassy in London to protest against a planned ban on religious clothing in schools. Police estimate 800 people attended the demonstration in Knightsbridge to show solidarity with French Sikhs. Labour's John McDonnell, Bob Ainsworth, and Fiona MacTaggart joined protesters including Sikh World War II veterans. One organiser said making Sikhs remove their turbans was like making people 'walk around naked.'"