And now you know why the two right wing parties in Austria are predicted to win big in parliamentary elections on Oct. 15th. His statement is even more absurd when you consider that the Austrian ban on face-covering headbags, pushed for by the populist Freedom Party of Austria, came into effect on October 1st, and police are enforcing the ban.
Independent Alexander Van der Bellen, the left-wing former Greens Party leader who narrowly beat a far-right candidate to take office in January, has called for ALL women to wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims to fight “rampant Islamophobia”.
As the Austrian face-veil ban comes into effect, a Muslim woman was forced to remove her veil Sunday, October 1, in a new challenge to Muslims in the European country.
Van der Bellen was responding to a question from a schoolgirl who argued a ban on Islamic headscarves or veils would reduce women to their appearance, rather than accomplishments, and shut some out of the labour market. (Employers have shown their distaste for Muslim women in headbags by not hiring them)
“And it is not only Muslim women, all women can wear a headscarf, and if this real and rampant Islamaphobia continues, there will come a day where we must ask all women to wear a headscarf – all – out of solidarity to those who do it for religious reasons.”
Austrian Muslims are estimated at about nearly 6 percent of the European country’s 8 million population. In Vienna, Islam is the second-largest religious grouping, after Roman Catholicism.
Support for bans on full-face headbags has been growing across Europe since France became the first country to implement such a law in 2011, followed by countries including Belgium and Bulgaria, with partial bans being imposed in Austria and parts of Spain, Italy and Switzerland.