Models protest Denmark’s burqa ban

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Danish designer Reza Etamadi used the runway to a political statement on the Copenhagen Fashion Week.

The fashion show for his streetwear label’s latest collection MUF10 models presented in burqas and niqabs in addition to police officers.

It is only a few days after Denmark was joined full-face veil ban in force.

“I have a duty to support all women, the right to freedom of expression and freedom of thought”, the Iran-born Reza said in a statement.

“In Iran, where I born women, the fight was to decide freely what to wear.

“In Denmark, where I grew up… the women were free to choose how clothed or covered, you wanted to dress up.”

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“I’m a criminal for wearing a full-face veil’

A burqa is a one piece veil over the face and body and leaves usually a mesh screen to see.

A niqab is a veil that leaves an open area around the eyes and is worn with accompanying headscarf. It can also be worn with a separate eye veil.

The Danish law prohibiting the face veil is not explicitly the name of burqas and niqabs, but says: “whoever wears a dress that is hiding the face in public with a fine”.

Humans Rights Watch labeled the ban as “discriminatory” and the law has caused several protests and criticism.

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“I have no unanimous attitude to the ban in General, but I have a principle,” Reza added in his statement about the show.

“No man should decide what women wear.”

Last week, a 28-year-old woman was the first person hired, the wearing of full-face veils in public.

The complete or partial prohibitions are also in the whole of Europe, including France, Austria and Bulgaria.

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