Thousands protest Kosovo ban on headscarf of Muslim students / PHOTO

Around 5,000 people protested in Kosovo against a government decision to ban pupils from wearing Muslim headscarves in public schools.

Thousands protest Kosovo ban on headscarf of Muslim students / PHOTO

 

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.

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Protesters, who came to the capital from all over the country, urged the government to withdraw its decision and not to "discriminate against Muslims."

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"We will continue the protests until they will allow our daughters to go to school with headscarves," said organiser Halil Kastrati.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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Reuters

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