How People Around The World Are Saying No To France’s Burkini Ban

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How people around the world are saying no to France’s burkini ban

Twitter users share images of nuns…

As the ban targets overtly religious clothing, many Twitter users wondered if nuns in habits would also be affected.
They posted images of carefree nuns frolicking at the beach, in an effort to highlight what they feel is the ban’s hypocrisy.

…and motorkinis

Meanwhile, images of motorcyclists lounging on the beach in protective gear have given rise to the hashtag #motorkini.
“A genius came up with #motorkini in solidarity with Muslim women banned from wearing #burkini on French beaches,” tweeted Yasmin Khan, director of women’s charity Staying Put UK.

Cartoonists poke fun

Artists across the globe also turned their hands to the controversy.
Sudanese designer Khalid Albaih depicted a woman being ordered to undress in France, and uncover in other parts of the world.
The Bangkok-based political cartoonist known as “Stephff” questioned the meaning of liberty in France today.
And French illustrator La Sauvage Jaune showed the various expectations placed on women, depending on which part of the world they’re in.

Londoners build their own beach

In London, demonstrators created a makeshift beach outside the French embassy for a “Wear what you want beach party” on Thursday.
Dressed in everything from bikinis to burkinis, and even priest’s cloaks, the activists gathered in solidarity with Muslim women in France.
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“I think it’s ridiculous,” event organizer Fariah Syed said of the burkini ban. “No one, regardless of their religion and race, should be told what they should wear and where they can wear it.”
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So what’s the view from France?

France already became the first European country to ban wearing burqas in public in 2011.
And much like the recent burkini bans, opinion in the country is divided between those who see the laws as an infringement on religious freedom, and those who view the Islamic dress as inconsistent with France’s rigorously enforced secularism.
Hervé Lavisse, president of the Cannes-Grasse section of the Human Rights League, told CNN the bans would be counterproductive because “instead of appeasing people, it will inflame tensions.”
While French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the bans, on Thursday calling the burkini a “symbol of the enslavement of women.”

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