A Woman On A French Beach Was Forced By Armed Police To Remove Burkini
"The saddest thing was that people were shouting 'go home', some were applauding the police. Her daughter was crying."
Hey, I have a really cute idea for 2016: how about we let everyone wear whatever the f*ck they want, whenever they want?
This revolutionary thought is something that hasn't exactly crossed the minds of police officers in Nice, who forced a woman on a beach to remove her burkini because ... I don't know, fascism and racism, I think?
France has been engaged in a debate over a ban on burkinis and other Islamic outfits for a while now, with right-wing politicians saying the swimwear and other coverings oppress women and act as a symbol of Islamic terrorism. Here's a video from The Guardian to explain the situation a little more:
Now, photos and videos of armed law officials demanding women remove their swimwear have been posted online, causing international outrage:
Some of the women who are facing fines claim that racist cops are using the law to humiliate mothers in front of their children. The tickets simply read that they were not wearing "an outfit respecting good morals and secularism".
"I was sitting on a beach with my family. I was wearing a classic headscarf. I had no intention of swimming," said one of the women, a 34 year-old, who gave only her first name, Siam.
"The saddest thing was that people were shouting 'go home', some were applauding the police. Her daughter was crying," said a witness.
According to The Telegraph, the ban will be re-addressed by France's highest administrative court on Thursday.
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