Around 5,000 people protested in Kosovo on Friday against a government decision to ban pupils from wearing Muslim headscarves in public schools.
Around 90 percent of Kosovo's population are Muslims.
Protesters, who came to the capital from all over the country, urged the government to withdraw its decision and not to "discriminate against Muslims."
"We will continue the protests until they will allow our daughters to go to school with headscarves," said organiser Halil Kastrati.
Angry protesters with banners that read "Don't use our state against us" and "Communism is over" marched to the ministry of education, which had approved the ban.
"This is not a uniform but my religious obligation. I respect my religion but I also want to go to my faculty," said student Fitore Abazi.
Kosovo has so far been recognised by 69 countries, mainly in Western Europe, the United States and a few Muslim countries, but has not become a member of the United Nations.
ReutersLast Mod: 19 Haziran 2010, 11:04