Kosovo Muslims protest veil ban
11. October 2010. | 08:01
Hundreds of Kosovo Muslims have demanded the government reverse its decision to ban use of Muslim headscarf in schools.
Hundreds of Kosovo Muslims took to the streets on Friday to protest against a ban by authorities to wear a Muslim headscarf in school.
The protesters, many of them devout Muslims, chanted anti-government slogans as they walked through the capital, Pristina, to a government building.
Some carried placards reading "Stop Discrimination" and "Unveil the mind, not the head."
One large placard read "Yes to Kosovo Democratic Republic, No to Kosovo Anti-Islamic Dictatorship."
"This is an obligation from Allah and I think I will soon join the women here and put on a headscarf," said one protester.
While Kosovo's constitution guarantees religious freedom, education authorities have banned the display of religious symbols - including the wearing of headscarf Kosovo - in schools.
Most recently, a 16-year old girl was suspended from a high school for wearing a headscarf.