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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt is possible there will be a discussion in Latvia regarding the possible prohibition to wear brakhas in public places. However, in countries where it is prohibited to wear face-concealing garments in public places there have been protests by Muslim communities against this measure. In some cases, these protests devolved into violent clashes, notes Latvian Security Police.

Considering experience of other countries in discussing the matter of banning face-concealing garments in public places, SP believe discussion of this matter is also possible in Latvia.

With that, SP does not oppose holding this discussion. At the same time, SP does wish to draw attention to the fact that countries that did adopt a ban on wearing face-concealing garments have experienced massive protests by Muslim communities, including especially violent clashes with the police.

As it is known, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis mentioned in his recent interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT that he wishes to launch a discussion regarding a possible ban to wear face-concealing garments in public places in Latvia.

According to him, the refugee matter showed very clearly that Latvia is not yet prepared for many changes. The work group assigned to develop guidelines for dealing with refugees could eventually have to tackle the matter of allowing or prohibiting brakhas. This matter should be resolved as soon as possible, said the president.

When asked about his personal opinion on this matter, Vejonis said he is against allowing brakhas being worn in public places. «My personal opinion is that such headgear should not be worn, because Latvia’s society is an open one – we accept people from different ethnic backgrounds, we are tolerant toward them, and I see no reason why anyone should have to use such things here,» – said Vejonis.

Last week, Estonian Social Defence Minister Marguss Cahkna had actualized the matter regarding whether or not it is necessary to ban brakhas in the country. During a government meeting, he suggested banning Muslim headgear and other garments that cover the face, as reported by Postimees Online.

The goal of this initiative is to prevent problems that have already surfaced in other European countries.

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  1. Charles Vane says:

    Just ban it!

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