Hundreds of Muslim and non-Muslim women in Denmark plan to protest the new nationwide ban of full-face veils on Wednesday. Denmark became the fifth EU country to fully outlaw the veils in May. Police will be able to order women to remove the veils or leave public areas, and fines will be imposed.
Danish lawmakers passed a measure on Thursday banning garments that cover the face including Islamic veils such as the burqa and niqab. Denmark joins other EU countries in what is being called the ‘burqa ban.’ The law, which does not specifically mention Muslim garments, passed with a 75-30 vote and becomes active on August 1st.
Six people were killed and 16 injured in an accident Wednesday morning involving a commuter train on the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark, Danish police said. The accident, which involved two trains, occurred on a bridge linking the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen, a Danish police spokeswoman said. Danish police cannot yet confirm the number of dead, nor who the victims are, the spokeswoman said. All possible causes are being investigated.