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Austrian President Says That All Women Will One Day Have To Wear Headscarves To Fight “Rampant Islamophobia”

Alexander Van Der Bellen suggested all women must one day wear headscarves.

Alexander van der Bellen
His comments come after Austria government banned full-face veil in January.

Austria’s left-leaning president Alexander Van Der Bellen has suggested all women must one day wear headscarves to combat Islamophobia.

The green-backed independent triumphed over his populist right-wing rival Norbert Hofer in December after an unprecedented repeat vote.

His comments come after the Austrian government banned the full-face veil in public spaces in January, as part of an attempt to counter the rise of the far-right Freedom Party.

During a talk to students Mr Van der Bellen suggested all women should wear a headscarf in solidarity with Muslims.

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Speaking at The House of the European Union in Vienna, he said: ‘It is the right of a woman – do men wear headscarves too? – to dress herself however she wants. That is my opinion about it.

‘Besides that, not only Muslim women. Every woman can wear a headscarf. And if it goes on – and I am already on the next question – with actual rampant Islamophobia, the day will come that we must ask all women to wear a headscarf.

‘All out of solidarity with those who have to on religious grounds.’

Austria banned the burqa, niqab and other face-covering veils earlier this year.

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