Bulgaria’s Patriotic Front Submits Motion to Ban Wearing Burqas in Public Places

Politics » DOMESTIC | April 20, 2016, Wednesday // 14:21| Views: | Comments: 14
Bulgaria: Bulgaria’s Patriotic Front Submits Motion to Ban Wearing Burqas in Public Places Women wearing an Islamic veil (a burqa, which also includes a piece of cloth covering the eyes, is not pictured). File photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s Patriotic Front proposed to Parliament on Wednesday to ban the wearing in public places of burqas, or head veils hiding the face, citing potential threats to national security.

If approved, the proposed new article in the Penal Code would ban the wearing of any apparel that hides the face of a person entirely or in part.

Patriotic Front co-chairman Krasimir Karakachanov told bTV broadcaster earlier on Wednesday that the burqas have never been typical for Bulgarian Muslims and their wearing was an attempt to split Bulgarian society.

Burqas have gained some popularity in Pazardzhik, in southern Bulgaria, where some Muslim families have been exposed to radicalization, suspectedly with the use of money channeled through foundations with ties to Saudi Arabia. 

Earlier, Karakachanov has called burqas, a type of Islamic hijab covering the entire body with a rectangular piece of semitransparent cloth in front of the eyes, an "instrument of Islamist propaganda".

The Patriotic Front, a coalition that backs the minority government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, holds 18 of the 240 seats in Parliament.

The Patriotic Front proposes a fine of BGN 200 (EUR 100) for first-time offenders of the ban. Repeated violations of the ban would carry fines of BGN 1,500 each and suspension of social benefits payments for three months if the offender is entitled to receiving them.

Persuading people to wear burqas would carry jail terms of three years and fines of BGN 5,000. Those who persuade a minor to wear a burqa, will be punished by up to five years in prison and a fine of BGN 10,000.


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Jerry - 1 May 2016 // 22:23:10


Christ has given us perpetuity while the misinformed helpers of "Allah" present us with death to the innocence as seen in Syria, Refugees, European public places.

Perpetuity lies in Faith.

Rurik - 1 May 2016 // 12:44:28

May God bless You, Jerry, and all of us. Christ is risen!

Jerry - 1 May 2016 // 01:20:17


The absolute interpretation of "Allah", you have no frontiers or nationality but love for CREATION in a universal setting.

Rurik, May "Allah" bless you in Bulgaria since "Allah is Bulgarian and not the Middle East but also blesses the Middle East that bestows birth and faith.

Rurik - 29 Apr 2016 // 20:18:22

With all due understanding, Jerry: Allah, Sharia, burka are not European but Muslim values which are alien to the absolute majority of Europeans.

Jerry - 29 Apr 2016 // 19:56:44


"Allah" has given us the Burqas and human innovation has given us technology to detect bombs and weapons.

Now I let "Allah" judge what is a Jihad and what is human error and ambition contrary to CREATION.

Rurik - 29 Apr 2016 // 13:59:29

jerry, burka is the first herald...."behind the burkas, you find the secrets" of Jihad, sacred war against all non-Muslims, against "infidels". Sharia law for Europe. Either obey either die. My hint/"clip from" was just about it.

Jerry - 28 Apr 2016 // 16:56:16

Rurick, this is a moving clip, womanhood lies in the hands of "Allah" and not in the hands of the human creatures.

Women have moved far away from its Creation leading to your clip from Facebook.

Rurik - 28 Apr 2016 // 15:20:13


Jerry - 28 Apr 2016 // 01:42:16

Behind the Burqas, you find the secrets of womanhood.

Jerry - 23 Apr 2016 // 16:41:21

You have to look closely at the image of female purity, motherhood, reservation and the equilibrium of human intuition given to us by our Creator which the "Koran" has articulated with perfection.

The protection is the Vail.

Ivailo Ivanov - 22 Apr 2016 // 19:02:25

better retain Bulgarian kids in Bulgaria

Rurik - 22 Apr 2016 // 15:51:18

The veil is Muslim but not European Nature.

Fr Jack Hackett - 22 Apr 2016 // 14:05:16

If the veil is natural, why are females not born with a veil already installed?
In fact, it is only necessary because their men cannot control themselves.

Jerry - 22 Apr 2016 // 01:01:36

The beauty behind the Vale should be sacred and in the hands of our Creator.

One should listen to Charlie Rich song, \"BEHIND CLOSED DOORS\", \"she makes me feel like a man, behind closed doors\". when she lets her hair hang down, behind closed doors, she makes me feel like a man.

The Vale is NATURE.

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