Anyone want to come to Belgium and go burka spotting?
H/T Ted L
Agence France-Presse Jun 6, 2012 – 2:04 AM ET | Last Updated: Jun 6, 2012 10:05 AM ET
BRUSSELS — Belgian right-wingers have offered a bounty of €250 ($325) to anyone who reports a veiled woman to police, they said Tuesday after last week’s riots in Brussels over the arrest of a woman wearing a niqab.
Filip Dewinter, a senior figure in Vlaams Belang, a right-wing party, said the violence had made police apprehensive about enforcing the burka ban and the payment should put pressure on authorities to further enforce it.
“It’s a textile prison for the women who have to live under it,” he said.
Last week, protesters hurled bins and metal barriers at a police station after Stéphanie Djato, 24, was arrested for refusing to remove her face veil.
“They tried to enter by force, but they were not able to,” a spokesman for Brussels police told broadcaster RTL.
“So instead they threw metal barriers and bins.”
Ms. Djato, who was waiting at a streetcar stop, scuffled with officers after she refused to show them any ID. During the mêlée, a policewoman was injured.