Beach clashes lead to third burqini ban

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A MAYOR on the French is­land of Cor­sica be­came the third na­tion­wide to an­nounce a ban on burqi­nis, fol­low­ing week­end clashes al­legedly sparked by a row over the full-body Is­lamic swim­suit.

The an­nounce­ment by the mayor of the vil­lage of Sisco fol­lows sim­i­lar pro­hi­bi­tions in the Riviera towns of Cannes and Vil­leneuve-Lou­bet, which have also con­tro­ver­sially banned the gar­ment from their beaches in re­cent weeks.

Sisco’s So­cial­ist mayor AngePierre Vivoni said he aimed to “pro­tect the pop­u­la­tion” af­ter clashes on Au­gust 12 in a cove out­side his vil­lage in the north of the Mediter­ranean is­land left five peo­ple in­jured.

Around 100 po­lice were de­ployed to break up the fight be­tween lo­cals and fam­i­lies of North African ori­gin that re­port­edly be­gan over tourists tak­ing pic­tures of women swim­ming in burqi­nis.

Three cars were set alight af­ter the ri­vals, some of whom were armed with hatch­ets, hurled stones and bot­tles. Five peo­ple were hos­pi­talised with in­juries.

Mr Vivoni said his de­ci­sion to ban the burqini was “not against the Mus­lim re­li­gion but to avoid the spread of fun­da­men­tal­ism”.

“I am ab­so­lutely not racist. I want to pro­tect the pop­u­la­tion, notably my area’s Mus­lims be­cause I think that they are the main vic­tims of th­ese ex­trem­ist provo­ca­tions.”

The move comes at a sen­si­tive time for re­la­tions with France’s Mus­lims, fol­low­ing a se­ries of ji­hadist at­tacks, mostly by young French acolytes of the Is­lamic State. –

Photo: AFP

Ve­hi­cles over­look the spot where three cars were burned on Au­gust 14, near where a fight broke out in Sisco, Cor­sica.

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