Bulgarian parliament bans burqa, warns offenders will lose their benefits

Bulgarian parliament bans burqa, warns offenders will lose their benefits
Is there a smile behind that burqa? (Credit: The Guardian)

BULGARIA has banned the burka – and warned those who flout the law will be fined £662 and lose their benefits.

Bulgaria’s parliament banned the wearing of face veils on Friday in a bid to boost security in the wake of Islamist militant attacks in Europe.

The new “burqa ban” law, which had been driven by the nationalist Patriotic Front coalition, comes after France, the Netherlands and Belgium banned the wearing of burqas or niqabs in public.

The ban will not only apply to Bulgarian citizens but also to anyone temporarily in the country.

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