Spanish Town to Debate Islamic Veil Ban

May 19, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Middle East Online

A Spanish town is to debate calls for a ban on wearing the full-face Islamic veil in public amid growing cross-party opposition to the burqa in the country, a local party said Tuesday.


The council debate in Lerida, a town of some 140,000 inhabitants in north east Catalonia, will take place on May 28.

The Catalan nationalists of the Convergence and Union (CiU) party proposed the ban. About 20 percent of the town's residents are immigrants.

Lerida mayor Angel Ros, who belongs to the Socialist Party which governs at the national level, also backs a ban, a spokesman for the municipality said.

The town's legal department is studying the possibility of banning the use of the veil at the local level but the mayor would prefer a wider ban at the regional or national level, he added.