Bavaria bans the burka

Bavaria will ban the full-face veil in schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations, the southern German state said on Tuesday.

‘Communication happens not only via language but also via looks, facial expressions and gestures,’ Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said after the regional government agreed a draft law to ban the full-face veil for civil servants and in public places where there are concerns for public safety.

‘It’s the foundation of our interactions with each other and it’s the basis of our free and democratic order,’ he said. ‘Concealing your face is at odds with this culture of communication.’

What a good start by Bavaria, well done.

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