Estonia and Latvia are planning to ban burqas


The refugees that suppose to emigrate to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, are mostly Muslims. The Baltic States are already trying to analyze how will this emigration wave will affect on the country. Earlier this month, Estonia and Latvia announced that the countries will promote some rules banning burqas, and caused to a heated discussion in the Baltic streets when some are supporting this move while others calling it a racism.

Earlier this month, Estonian website reported that Margus Tsahkna, Estonian social protection minister, asked the justice minister, Urmas Reinsalu, to analyze the possible problems from the upcoming immigrants in their country. Tsahkna also promoting the law that will ban to appear in public places with clothes which cover the face, such as the Muslim burqas.

Recently, the Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis said in an interview with the LNT show “900 Sekundes”, that Latvia should now consider whether to allow to the upcoming Muslim immigrants to wear burquas or not. Vejonis added that his country doesn’t ready yet to accept the refugees and one of the unsolved yet questions is the religious question.

“I will not say whether it should be banned or allowed, but in either case, a discussion must begin,” said Vejonis and added his personal opinion: “My personal opinion, of course, is that such head coverings should not be worn as Latvian society is open after all – we accept people of various ethnicities, we are tolerant toward these people, and I see no reason why such coverings should be used”.

The Estonia’s Social Protection Minister Margus Tsahkna said earlier that “We have become accustomed to be able to identify people in public space”. The Estonian news website also mentioned that Estonia is “learning from the experience of other EU members, which have faced similar problems, but have had to deal with them after immigrants have already arrived and settled in”.

The burqa’s banning law already caused some major debates across the EU. France and Belgium banned wearing the burqa in public already in 2010, Netherlands joined them earlier this year. According to the poll that was taken in the UK in 2011, 66 percent supported banning the burqa in all public places reported the website.

It is not a surprise that the Baltic states, and the rest of the Europe and the western world are afraid from the Islam. Correctly to say, the “radical Islam”. Belgium, Germany and France can support this claim when some of the Muslim youth left those countries and joined for the Islamic State which now is the main threat of the world. And now, after returning back to Europe, those youth became to be a serious head pain for the authorities which are trying to protect the innocent civilians from terror attacks and fanatic Muslim brainwash.

Therefore, by analyzing those lessons from the other EU members, the Baltic States are trying to find the solutions in order to avoid those cases.

Aleksejus Podpruginas
Aleksejus Podpruginas is The Baltic Review author based in Israel

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