Denmark fines woman $202 for wearing face veil

English Defence League supporters chant during a demonstration in Bradford city centre

But the law - popularly known as the "burqa ban" - is seen by some as directed at Muslim women who choose to wear the face veil in public.

Since 1 August, Denmark's much-debated burka ban has provoked protests and criticism from human rights groups.

A spokesperson for group Kvinder I Dialog (Women In Dialogue) told the Independent: "The objective of this demonstration is to show that we do not accept this kind of unjust treatment regardless of who we are dealing with".

She was given a 1,000 kroner fine ($155; £120) after refusing to take it off at their request. She was asked to remove the niqab or leave the public place.

Police officer David Borchersenexplained: "During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again". The women pushed to each other and uprorious scenes arise in which the Niqab, among other things, is being torn by one woman.

Police took a photograph of the woman wearing the veil, before obtaining security camera footage of the incident from the shopping centre.

Danish protesters dressed in burkas, masks and false beards to defy a new law outlawing the wearing of veils in public.

As you know, repeated violation of law may result in additional fines of up to CZK 10 000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

"Whilst some specific restrictions on the wearing of full face veils for the purposes of public safety may be legitimate, this blanket ban is neither necessary nor proportionate and violates women's rights to freedom of expression and religion", said Fotis Filippou, Amnesty's deputy Europe director.

The Danish parliament enacted the face ban in May, joining France and some other European countries to uphold what some politicians say are secular and democratic values.

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