Par­lia­ment re­jects ban on burqas in pub­lic

Austin American-Statesman - - WEDNESDAY BRIEFING -

MADRID — Spain’s Par­lia­ment voted 183-162 against a pro­posal to ban women from wear­ing in pub­lic places Is­lamic veils that re­veal only the eyes. A hand­ful of Span­ish towns and cities have banned the wear­ing of burqas in mu­nic­i­pal build­ings, in­clud­ing the coun­try’s sec­ond-largest city, Barcelona, in June. But sup­port­ers of the ban had trou­ble cit­ing a place in Spain where women rou­tinely wear face­cov­er­ing veils.

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