Friday, October 8, 2010

Kosovo Muslims protest headscarf ban

Oct, 08, 2010 Associated Press

PRISTINA, Kosovo -- Hundreds of Kosovo Muslims demanded from the government to reverse its decision to ban use of Muslim headscarf in schools.

The protesters gathered Friday outside the government building in the capital carrying placards reading "Stop Discrimination" and "Unveil the mind, not the head."

While Kosovo's constitution guarantees religious freedom, education authorities have banned the display of religious symbols _ including the wearing of headscarfs _ in schools.

Most recently, a 16-year old girl was suspended from high school for wearing a headscarf.

Some 90 percent of Kosovo's 2 million people are ethnic Albanian Muslims, majority of whom are secular.

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