Some Danish Muslims to defy face veil ban
Fines will range from 1,000 Danish crowns ($160) for a first offence to 10,000 crowns for a fourth violation.
But Sabina, 21, who is studying to be a teacher, has joined forces with other Muslim women who wear the veil to form Kvinder I Dialog (Women In Dialogue) to protest and raise awareness about why women should be allowed to express their identity in that way
"Everybody wants to define what Danish values are," said Meryem, 20, who was born in Denmark to Turkish parents and has been wearing the niqab since before meeting her husband, who supports her right to wear it but feels life could be easier without.
"I believe that you have to integrate yourself in society, that you should get an education and so forth. But I don't think wearing a niqab means you can't engage yourself in Danish values," Meryem, who has a place to study molecular medicine at Aarhus University, said.
Under the law, police will be able to instruct women to remove their veils or order them to leave public areas. Justice Minister Soren Pape Poulsen said officers would fine them and tell them to go home.
Fines will range from 1,000 Danish crowns ($160) for the first offence to 10,000 crowns for a fourth violation.
"I feel this law legitimises acts of hatred but, on the other hand, I feel people have become more aware of what is going on. I get more smiles on the street and people are asking me more questions," said Ayah, 37.
Mathias Vidas Olsen, who makes reproductions of Viking age jewellery, is supporting the campaign by making special bracelets and giving the proceeds to Kvinder I Dialog.
"I'm not for or against the niqab," the 29-year-old Copenhagen man said.
"I see this as the government reaching into places they don't belong and as a cheap hit on an already stigmatized group to score cheap political points."
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