Bulgarian Police Issue First Fine for Wearing Full-Face Veil in Public

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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Police Issue First Fine for Wearing Full-Face Veil in Public File photo by BGNES

Police in Pazardzhik has issued the first fine in Bulgaria for wearing a face-covering Islamic veil in a public place, radio broadcaster BNR reported on Monday.

A woman wearing an opaque veil that hid her entire face with the exception of the eyes was stopped in the street by police who asked her to show her identity card, BNR said.

As the woman carried no identity document, she was taken to a police station in the Roma neighbourhood of Pazardzhik to find out who she was. Police found that the woman was a resident of that neighbourhood.

The woman wil have to pay a fine of up to BGN 300 for first-time violation of an order of Pazardzhik Municipal Council which bans the wearing of apparel that hampers personal identification. Failure to pay the fine will result in suspension of social security benefits of the person who has violated the local government regulation. Fines for repeated violations of the ban can reach BGN 1,000 apiece.

Pazardzhik became the first city in Bulgaria to ban the wearing of full-face veils in public places last month, citing potential threat to security. The city of Stara Zagora has followed suit, prohibiting the wearing of those veils which have never been typical for Muslim women in Bulgaria.

Popularly known in Bulgaria as the "burqa ban" (even though most women it is targeting wear the so-called niqab which leaves the eyes and part of the nose uncovered), the restriction was first put forward by Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov, who suggested to prohibit the wearing of "burqas" in public places.

Proponents of the ban have maintained that, while full Islamic veils might be typical for some Gulf states and elsewhere, they have nothing to do with the religious traditions of Bulgarian Muslims.


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Jerry - 5 Jun 2016 // 20:23:48

I wonder if Bulgaria will arrest females wearing the wrong colored underwear.

Behind the underwear lies a great weapon of satisfaction.

Now, is this illegal?

Jerry - 3 Jun 2016 // 02:21:20


Is there a relationship between veils and refugees.

While growing up in Bulgaria we never thought anything wrong with a veil. Why now?

Jerry - 31 May 2016 // 23:42:04

Fr. Jack,

It seems I will round up my Bulgarian Arabic Hoarse and clean my metal armour and on to the Crusade to Jerusalem. But my Bulgarian maiden will be in tears when I leave with the blessing of the "Holy Spirit".

Jerry - 31 May 2016 // 23:32:52


You have to look closely at the Moslem population worldwide and you will find Catholics, Buddhists, Hindu by far is smaller and a minority than the Moslem population.

With this vast population, you will find a pacifistic Moslem population while ISIS is a minority.

Extinction of ISIS will only come from the judgement of our Creator when you kill in the name of God.

blago - 31 May 2016 // 22:33:10

How many migrants have these oil rich muslim countries accepted.....ZERO

Fr Jack Hackett - 31 May 2016 // 09:58:54

Jerry. I appreciate that you are eager to have Europe become a caliphate, but looking around the world, muslim countries are anything but peaceful. If there is no peace, civilization cannot be sustained

Jerry - 31 May 2016 // 03:28:35

Fr. Jack,

You are giving an example of the New Bulgarian Crusade upon women of the Moslem Faith.

Fr Jack Hackett - 30 May 2016 // 09:54:32

Forcing the cultures of other countries down the throats of European children is hastening the destruction of European civilization - and civilization is on the decline throughout the world so we need to hang on to what little we have left

blago - 30 May 2016 // 02:34:40

Love you jerry.

no more Muslims in Europe

Jerry - 28 May 2016 // 20:54:25

Instead of giving them a TICKET to Saudi Arabia, we need more education in the schools of Bulgaria to teach customs and Bulgarian history and what it means to grow up in Bulgaria with various cultures.

Now you see a debilitating educational system the result is the VEIL.

blago - 27 May 2016 // 17:42:49

Veil, Hajib,custome

what ever it is. i



Rurik - 27 May 2016 // 16:56:53

.....or a 35 year old jihadist is a harmless transvestite ;)
"her right is preservation with a veil" --- as well as the European State Bulgaria'
right is preservation with a relevant law against a veil. And as Seedy remarked earlier:
"Si fueris Romae, Romano vivito more" ("If in Rome, live in the Roman manner")
[and "if you are elsewhere, live as they do elsewhere" ;)]

Fr Jack Hackett - 27 May 2016 // 10:19:44

I somehow doubt that the 70 year old women wearng veils are all virgins

Jerry - 27 May 2016 // 01:36:02

If the female of Moslem decent is a virgin, her right is preservation with piety and a veil.

Seedy - 25 May 2016 // 22:54:38

Only in Potato Head Land is that a definition of "rape, Jerry.

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