Two veiled Muslim women arrested in protests against France’s burqa ban law (Photo)

By on Apr 11, 2011 in Europe, Lifestyle Comments

Two veiled Muslim women were arrested in Paris, France while protesting against burqa ban, only hours after the law was imposed on Monday, April 11, 2011, as shown in the photo below.

Veiled Kenza Drider arrested in Paris
Image Credit: EPA/DailyMail

According to British news sites, two Muslim women in France wearing full face veils were arrested within hours after the burqa ban was implemented, during a protest against the new law.

Apparently, the women were taking part in a protest in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris when they were arrested by the police, where dozens of Muslims gathered.

Apparently, a Muslim woman named Kenza Drider, with her face covered by veil was arrested, and admitting to local news that she was about to join the protest against the burqa ban.

“It’s not an act of provocation,” Kenza Drider told reports, as the 32-year-old Muslim convert said she will contest the burqa ban law at the European Court of Human Rights.

“I’m only carrying out my citizens’ rights, I’m not committing a crime … If they (police) ask me for identity papers I’ll show them, no problem.” Drider added.

As reported earlier, the burqa ban law in France started on Monday, April 11, 2011, wherein anyone caught wearing burqa in public (except in places of worship) will be fined $216.

In addition, men will forced women to wear burqa are subject to a higher fine, $43,000.

Meanwhile, police told reports that the women were arrested not because of violating the burqa ban law but because they joined the protest which they claimed as unauthorized.

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