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Muslims in Baltics: In Latvia muslim headgear should not be worn – Latvian president

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It is necessary to initiate a discussion about whether or not to allow residents to wear Muslim headgear and other garments covering the face in Latvia’s public places, says President Raimonds Vejonis

According to what he said in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT, the refugee matter showed very clearly that Latvia is not yet prepared for many changes. The work group assigned to develop guidelines for dealing with refugees could eventually have to tackle the matter of allowing or prohibiting brakhas. This matter should be resolved as soon as possible, said the president.

Raimonds Vejonis

Raimonds Vejonis

“I’m not saying that something should be prohibited or allowed on the spot. But this discussions should nevertheless be launched,” noted Vejonis.

When asked about his personal opinion on this matter, Vejonis said he is against allowing brakhas being worn in public places.

“My personal opinion is that such headgear should not be worn, because Latvia’s society is an open one – we accept people from different ethnic backgrounds, we are tolerant toward them, and I see no reason why anyone should have to use such things here,” said Vejonis.

Nigar Jafarli
Nigar Jafarli is BR Author and AZERTAC Correspondent in the Baltic States

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